Government advised to use the forthcoming budget to activate Project Ireland 2040 through capital investment, institutional reform and capacity building
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Engineers Ireland, which has submitted a series of recommendations for Budget 2019, has urged the government to use the budget to activate Project Ireland 2040 through capital investment, institutional reform and capacity building.

Top five priorities:
1.) Implement Project Ireland 2040 investment commitments, including the promised €1.5 billion increase in capital investment to €7.3 billion as a stepping stone to four per cent Gross National Income (GNI).
2.) Reform infrastructure policy, planning and delivery, including funding for a single infrastructure authority.
3.) Increase the supply of high-quality connected housing, surpassing Rebuilding Ireland targets and reinforcing building regulations.
4.) Build up safe and secure water and flooding systems by providing multi-annual funding to Irish Water and strategically delivering flood relief schemes.
5.) Incentivise professional skills and experience in STEM to overcome the shortage of engineers and other skilled professionals.

The recommendations are based on consultations with the organisation’s 25,000-strong engineering membership and on two recently published landmark reports, ‘The State of Ireland 2018 – A Review of Infrastructure in Ireland’ and ‘Engineering 2018 – A barometer of the profession in Ireland’.

Priority infrastructure projects and the engineering skills and supports required for delivery


These expert-led publications contain a wealth of detailed information on priority infrastructure projects and the engineering skills and supports required for delivery.

Engineers Ireland president Peter Quinn, left, with his predecessor Dr Kieran Feighan

Peter Quinn, president of Engineers Ireland, said: “Earlier this year, our survey of 1,000 chartered engineers found that a mere one in five of them believe that Ireland’s overall infrastructure is in good condition with capacity for future development.

“Our housing system in particular was highlighted as a key area for concern, unable to meet demand and requiring immediate investment to avoid an adverse impact on the national economy.

“Overall, we find that there needs to be a substantial increase in the allocation of capital investment in various forms of infrastructure to underpin economic growth, raise living standards more equitably and build a sustainable environment.”

‘Opportunity to activate strategic plan for future development of our country’


Caroline Spillane, director general, Engineers Ireland added: “Engineers Ireland has been very supportive of Project Ireland 2040. Budget 2019 is government’s opportunity to truly activate this strategic plan for the future development of our country.

“Implementing the promised €1.5 billion increase in capital investment is an absolute priority for us and is a stepping stone towards achieving a level of four per cent GNI.

“Reform in the area of infrastructure policy, planning and delivery would help to achieve integrated outcomes and a stronger return on this investment. We repeat our call for a single infrastructure authority to develop a long-term vision and strategy, identify priority projects and explore innovative funding.”

Quinn concluded: “Investment decisions must be driven by evidenced-based solutions to societal challenges and Engineers Ireland is committed to bringing the expertise of the engineering profession to the budgetary process.

“Engineers Ireland will be discussing the details of our Budget 2019 proposals with ministers, TDs, senators, and other policy makers in the coming weeks and months.”

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Engineers Ireland, which has submitted a series of recommendations for Budget 2019, has urged the government to use the budget to activate Project Ireland 2040 through capital investment, institutional reform and capacity building. Top five priorities: 1.) Implement Project Ireland 2040 investment commitments, including the promised €1.5 billion increase in capital investment...