'HOUSING, WATER, ROADS, SCHOOLS AND PRIMARY CARE WILL MISS OUT ON CASH'
In its presentation to the Cabinet, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said the National Broadband Plan, estimated to cost €3bn, would have "serious implications" for other planned investments.
The department's report, which was rejected by the Government, said the broadband plan would require the cancellation or delay of a wide range of planned investments across other priority areas such as social housing, education, health and climate action.
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By way of example, and illustrative purposes, the department, under Secretary-General Robert Watt, outlined how a €1.5bn reallocation of funding would have implications for other projects.
Listed here are some of the Government schemes which will be affected:
Local authority social housing delivery of 2,000 units (€400m);
Delivery of Tralee waste water network (€23m);
Kilkenny regional water supply scheme (€21m);
Sligo western distributor road (€18m), Killaloe bypass (€34m), Dunkettle interchange (€100m) and Moycullen bypass (€52m);
Investments in Dundalk, Tallaght and Limerick Institutes of Technology (€40m);
Delivery of 18 primary schools serving 8,600 pupils (€90m);
Delivery of new ambulance bases (€39m);
Delivery of nine or 10 primary care centres (€100m);
Significant reductions in funding for flood relief works, prisons, etc