Written answers

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

National Development Plan

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail)
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225. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress to date on infrastructural projects in County Meath listed in the national development plan; and the amount spent on consultants and construction projects, respectively, in respect of same. [7013/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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In my role as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform I am responsible for setting the overall capital allocations across Departments and for monitoring monthly expenditure at a Departmental level. Decisions on how and where those allocations are invested by Departments are a matter, in the first instance, for my Ministerial colleagues. The key role in leading development at county level rests with the relevant local authority.

However, my Department publishes a major capital projects tracker on the website of the Department, which sets out details of the key projects and programmes being implemented under the NDP, including the location of the projects where possible. The tracker currently focuses on projects and programmes with a value of greater than €20 million. Therefore, while it does not provide an exhaustive list of all capital expenditure, the list of projects serves to highlight the diverse range of infrastructural demands competing for the resources of the State.

The tracker can be found at the following URL:

It is currently possible to search the project tracker by location and, for example, obtain a list of the projects on the tracker that are being delivered in a particular county. However, my Department is currently developing a mapping function for projects on the capital tracker in consultation with Ordnance Survey Ireland. This function will be available shortly and will make it easier to locate projects being delivered in a particular location, which will be an important step in increasing public awareness of the projects being delivered under Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027.


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