Thursday, 17 December 2020
Appropriation Bill 2020: Second and Subsequent Stages
I have already given my closing remarks, but I will work with Deputies Michael Collins and O'Dowd on the issues they raised. I encourage them to participate in the national development plan review. For our Departments to be of assistance, we need specific projects. A point was rightly made about projects being shovel ready. Some are, but many are not and there are various bottlenecks in the system. We need to improve the way in which we deliver capital projects. This matter will form part of our review because there are too many delays and the process takes too long. A key focus for me in the period ahead will be on trying to speed up the delivery of projects while complying fully with the public spending code and the requirements around financial controls.