Wednesday 16 October 2019

Government's Capital spending spree: €27bn on roads, schools, housing to create 45,000 jobs - claims

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin

Political Correspondent

Some €27bn worth of investments in roads, schools, housing, garda stations and nursing homes will be unveiled by the Government tomorrow, can reveal.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin will claim that the plan, rolled out over the next six years, will create 45,000 jobs.

Some €3.5bn will be invested in new schools and a major new IT system for pupils.

There will be a €400m investment in nursing homes, while over €200m will be injected into overhauling the garda communication system.

In terms of transport, Minister Paschal Donohoe is due to announce a scaled down version of the Metro North.

Up to €600m will also be announced for social housing.

Some €1bn is to be spent on flood defences over the next decade targeting 300 “at risk” areas around the country.

There will also be dedicated funding for the National Broadband Plan, while additional money for residential energy efficiency programmes will also be rolled out.

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