Sunday 18 August 2019

'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

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