Friday 9 December 2016

'Build it and they will vote' doesn't really work when it comes to winning elections

Published 13/08/2015 | 02:30

Dublin airport's new terminal was built just in time for the economic crash and slump in numbers
Dublin airport's new terminal was built just in time for the economic crash and slump in numbers

It is quite depressing to listen to the debate this week about the location of the new National Paediatric Hospital at St James's Hospital in Dublin. The idea that we may still be about to make a €650m mistake is somewhat disconcerting.

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But the idea that a planning application is only being submitted now after a task force recommended a different site over eight years ago (February 2006), is a tough reminder of how bad we are at planning and delivering major infrastructure projects. What is it about Ireland and infrastructure that we simply cannot seem to get it right?

Transport minister Paschal Donohoe is believed to favour a heavy rail link to the airport over the other five options laid out by the National Transport Authority.

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