Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Irish government reins in infrastructure spending

FEARS OF an economic slowdown have prompted the Irish government to rein in infrastructure and transport spending in the country's national development plan.

About IR£4.6bn (£3.7bn) was earmarked for the NDP in 2001, but this year's budget estimate announced by finance minister Charlie McCreevy indicates that cuts of £480M have been made.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) was to have received about £640M for road improvement schemes, but has only been allocated £540M. This means four road schemes due to start this year could be put on hold.

There will also be demands for funding to start the £4bn Dublin Metro project, which is expected to come before the cabinet soon.

Any fall in funding would be another blow to Ireland's roads programme which has been dogged by an unresolved farmers' dispute over compensation for land which began in June 2001 (GE August 2001).

NRA sources said the dispute was causing serious problems.

Award of two contracts worth £80M - the Cashel bypass and the Heath Mayfield motorway bypass in Kildare - has been delayed because tenderers cannot gain access to land for site inspections.

Pre-tender environmental assessment and surveying work has also been badly affected and is likely to cause further delays.

The Irish Department of the Environment said discussions with the Irish Farmers' Association 'were continuing'.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.