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The National Planning Framework 2040 is launched

The National Planning Framework 2040 is launched


The National Planning Framework 2040 was launched with National Development Plan 2018-2027 under the umbrella of ‘Project Ireland 2040’ in Sligo this afternoon by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Government.  The €116 billion plan is designed “to re-imagine Ireland and prepare for the future” and is the first time that Planning & Investment have been linked with 4 new funds totaling €4bn for rural & urban growth, climate action & innovation.


The National Planning Framework envisions a country with an extra one million people and 660,000 more people at work, with three quarters of new growth will be outside Dublin, and 50% of the projected population growth planned for our towns, villages and rural areas and 50% for our cities.  The plan now includes Regional Centres such as Athlone and Sligo as well as the 5 cities.


Implementation is to be through 10 shared goals:


Compact Growth

Enhanced Regional Accessibility

Strengthened Rural Economies and Communities

Sustainable Mobility

A Strong Economy, supported by Enterprise, Innovation and Skills

High-Quality International Connectivity

Enhanced Amenity and Heritage

Transition to a Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Society

Sustainable Management of Water and other Environmental Resources

Access to Quality Childcare, Education and Health Services



FAC welcomes the publication of these important strategic plans, which we believe underline the value that high quality, evidence-based planning will bring to Ireland over a 22 year horizon.


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