Written answers

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Project Ireland 2040

Photo of Rose Conway-WalshRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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150. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he remains committed to the Project Ireland 2040 commitment of Exchequer investment of €2.2 billion in Ireland's higher education infrastructure over the period to 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59342/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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A revised National Development Plan (NDP) was published on 4 October 2021.  This confirms the capital ceilings for all Government Departments for the five year period 2021 - 2025.  The capital ceilings for my Department are as follows: 

2021 - €m 2022 - €m 2023 - €m 2024 - €m 2025 - €m Total - €m
TOTAL 500 537 578 619 651 2885
In addition to higher education infrastructure, the funding available to my Department will support both research and innovation and further education infrastructure.  

My Department is in the process of developing new infrastructure programmes based on the ceilings available.  I expect to be in a position to confirm the indicative envelope to 2025 for higher education infrastructure as part of the finalisation of the next phase of programmes.  Departmental capital ceilings beyond 2025 have not yet been decided by Government under the new NDP.


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