The Government believes Project Ireland 2040 will ensure that Longford and its economy will grow
The commitments and measures contained in ‘Project Ireland 2040’ will ensure that Longford and its economy will grow over the next 22 years.
This is the Government’s plan for the future of Ireland.
For the first time in the history of the State, spatial planning is backed up with solid investment.
The National Planning Framework (NPF) which forms part of Project Ireland 2040 sets out how Ireland can grow in a sustainable, balanced fashion over the next twenty years.
Project Ireland 2040 is backed and supported up by a €115bn National Development Plan (NDP).
Longford has been through hard times, and some have not felt the effects of the economic growth as much as others.
The ‘Project Ireland 2040’ plan extends government funding across the country in a more equal manner, and it will mean that infrastructure and access to services will now be standard throughout the country, with all locations including Longford receiving their fair share.
What’s in ‘Project Ireland 2040’ for Longford is highlighted on these pages and here is a look at some of the highlights for the region;
While there is capital investment for public transport in rural communities, the main emphasis for investment in these areas is subvention for services for the operation of Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes and the Local Link Programme. Subject to operational funding, it is intended that new town bus services will be provided in certain large towns to enable their development growth and provide a public transport option for residents and visitors.
The acceleration of the National Broadband Plan, ensuring access to quality high speed broadband in villages, rural areas and islands, will play a major role in empowering rural communities.
Investment projects in towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 in the MIdlands, including Longford, will be in a position to benefit from a new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which will invest €1bn in promoting rural renewal in Ireland, to help towns, villages and rural areas to grow in a sustainable way.
Rural and community development Schemes
Rural and community development in the Midlands will be supported by, for example, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, LEADER, the Rural Recreation Scheme, the CLÁR Programme, the RAPID Programme and further libraries investment.
Food Innovation Hub
The development of a National Food Innovation Hub is a priority project in the Agri-Food Sector. The objective is to create a supportive environment for research and innovation involving food companies and research institutes with a focus on food, health and nutrition.
Enterprise and Employment
The expansion of IDA Regional Property Programme will attract investment to the Midlands. 2018 will also see the launch of the second phase of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund involving €30m, under Project Ireland 2040.
Eastern and Midlands Water project
Major water infrastructure project will deliver a new strategic water supply network right throughout the Midlands.
Flood Risk Management
An unprecedented national investment programme in river catchment management and flood risk assessment and management (CFRAM) is being rolled out. The Midlands will benefit through the Athlone flood defence programme.
For social housing, the target across the 2016-2021 period is to deliver approximately 3,500 additional social homes across the Midlands.
Investment in healthcare facilities in the Midlands will support integrated healthcare at local and regional level that supports health and wellbeing, and provides better care close to home.
Investment in Education
Eleven major infrastructure projects will be delivered around the country as part of a Public-Private Partnership Programme for the Higher Education sector, including AIT.
Completion of the Kildare and Meath sections of the Galway to Dublin Greenway in 2018/ 2019 will deliver a Greenway from Maynooth to Athlone or Ballymahon.
For more see www.gov.ie/Ireland/2040