IRELAND
    National Development Plan
    2007-2013
    TRANSFORMING IRELAND
    "A Better Quality of Life
    for All"

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    EXTRACTS FROM THE OPENING REMARKS OF
    THE IRISH    DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007-2013-
    Transforming Ireland

    " This is an ambitious Plan. Nothing on this scale has
    ever been attempted before in our history. We are
    talking about a total investment commitment of 184  
    billion of Euro, in the main, taxpayers’ money over the
    next seven years to secure the further
    transformation of our country, socially and
    economically, within an environmentally sustainable
    framework.

    This level of investment is also necessary to secure
    our future.

    Value for money is a prerequisite. It calls for a
    consistently prudent approach to budgetary policy in
    the coming years. It demands rigorous monitoring of
    all the programs set out in the Plan and a
    commitment to flexibility by all Governments in
    determining priorities in accordance with the
    economic circumstances of the day.

    The new NDP has been arrived at following an
    extensive period of consultation with all interest
    groups and reflects their input, including the strategy
    agreed with the social partners in Towards 2016.

    Its investment parameters will enable us,
    economically and socially, to effectively confront the
    challenges we face over the next seven years."
    End of quote.

    Strategic Framework

    Chapter 1: National Investment Priorities
    — A Better Quality of Life for All

    Chapter 2: The Economic and Fiscal
    Framework

    Chapter 3: Regional Development

    Chapter 4: Development of the Rural
    Economy

    Chapter 5: All-Island Co-Operation

    Chapter 6: Environmental sustainability

    Strategic Investment
    Priorities

    Chapter 7: Economic Infrastructure Priority
    Transport Program
    • Roads Sub-Program
    • Public Transport Sub-Program
    • Airports Sub-Program
    • Ports Sub-Program
    Energy Program
    • Strategic Energy Infrastructure Sub-
    Program
    • Sustainable Energy Sub-Program
    • State Energy Companies Sub-Program
    Environmental Services Program
    • Water Services Sub-Program
    • Waste Management Sub-Program
    • Climate Change Sub-Program
    Communications and Broadband Program
    Government Infrastructure Program
    • Government Sites and Buildings Sub-
    Program
    • Decentralization Sub-Program
    Local Authority Development Contributions
    Program

    Chapter 8: Enterprise, Science and
    Innovation Priority
    Science, Technology and Innovation Program
    • World Class Research STI Sub-
    Program
    • Enterprise STI Sub-Program
    • Agri-Food Research Sub-Program
    • Energy Research Sub-Program
    • Marine Research Sub-Program
    • Geo-science Sub-Program
    • Health Research Sub-Program
    • Environment Research Sub-Program
    Enterprise Development Program
    • Indigenous Industry Sub-Program
    • Foreign Direct Investment Sub-Program
    Tourism Program
    • International Marketing Sub-Program
    • Product Development and
    Infrastructure Sub-Program
    • Training and Human Resources Sub-
    Program
    Agriculture and Food Development Program
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    Competitiveness Sub-Program
    • Enhancement of Environment and
    Countryside Sub-Program
    • Food Industry Sub-Program

    Rural Social and Economic Development
    Program
    • Rural Social Scheme Sub-Program
    • Cla´ r Sub-Program
    • Western Investment Fund Sub-Program
    • LEADER/Rural Economy Sub-Program
    Gaeltacht and Islands Development
    Program
    • Gaeltacht Sub-Program
    • U´ dara´s Na Gaeltachta Sub-Program
    • Islands Sub-Program
    Marine and Coastal Communities Program
    • Seafood Development Sub-Program
    • Fisheries and Coastal Infrastructure
    Sub-Program
    • Coastal Protection Sub-Program

    Chapter 9: Human Capital Priority
    Training and Skills Development Program
    • Up-skilling the Workforce Sub-Program
    • Activation and Participation of Groups
    outside the Workforce
    Sub-Program
    Schools Modernization and Development
    Program
    • Schools Infrastructure Sub-Program
    • Schools Development Sub-Program
    • ICT in Schools Sub-Program
    Higher Education Program
    • Higher Education Infrastructure Sub-
    Program
    • Higher Education Development Sub-
    Program
    • Strategic Innovation Fund Sub-Program

    Chapter 10: Social Infrastructure Priority
    Housing Program
    • Social Housing Provision and Renewal
    Sub-Program
    • Affordable Housing and Targeted
    Private Housing Supports Sub-Program
    Health Infrastructure Program
    • Acute Hospitals Sub-Program
    • Primary, Community and Continuing
    Care Sub-Program
    • Health Information and
    Communications Sub-Program
    Justice Program
    Sports, Culture, Heritage and Community
    Infrastructure Program
    • Sports Sub-Program
    • Culture Sub-Program
    • Built Heritage Sub-Program
    • Natural Heritage Sub-Program
    • Waterways Sub-Program
    • Community Infrastructure Sub-Program

    Chapter 11: Social Inclusion Priority
    Children Program
    • National Childcare Investment Sub-
    Program
    • National Children’s Strategy Sub-
    Program
    • Child Welfare and Protection Sub-
    Program
    • DEIS and Early Education Sub-Program
    • Special Needs Sub-Program
    • Traveller Education Sub-Program
    • Youthreach Sub-Program
    • Youth Justice Sub-Program
    • Youth Sector Sub-Program
    Working Age — Education Program
    • Further Education Sub-Program
    • Student Support and Third Level
    Access Sub-Program
    Working Age — Social and Economic
    Participation Program
    • Activation Sub-Program
    • Back to Work Sub-Program
    • Back to Education Sub-Program
    Working Age — Justice Program
    Older People Program
    • Living at Home Sub-Program
    • Residential Care Sub-Program
    People with Disabilities Program
    • Health Services Disabilities Sub-
    Program
    • Education Disabilities Support Sub-
    Program
    • Disability Friendly Environment Sub-
    Program
    Local & Community Development Program
    • Community Development and Services
    Sub-Program
    • RAPID Sub-Program
    • Local Development Social Inclusion
    Sub-Program
    • Volunteers and Volunteering Supports
    Sub-Program
    • National Drugs Strategy Sub-Program
    Horizontal Social Inclusion Program
    • Immigrants integration Sub-Program
    • Language support Sub-Program
    • National Action Plan against Racism  -
    •        the Programme for Social and
    Economic Advancement of Members of
    the Travelers Community Sub-Program
    • Equality Sub-Program

    Chapter 12: Value for Money

    Chapter 13: Monitoring and
    Management/Implementation
    Arrangements

    Chapter 14: The Achievements of the
    National Development Plan/Community

    Support Framework 2000-2006

    Appendix 1: Financial allocations for
    Priorities/Programs/Sub-Programs
    Appendix 2: Central Government 7-year Multi-Annual
    Capital Investment Program

    Appendix 3: List of submissions received for NDP 2007-
    2013


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35. The Irish National
Development Plan

    Remarks on the Irish
    Plan

    1) Note how, from the start,
    the accent is on a "better
    quality of life for all".

    2) The Plan is divided into:
  • Strategic
    framework, and
  • Strategic
    Investment priorities

    3) Note the interest brought
    on Enterprise, Science and
    Innovation priorities

    4) Note that three chapters
    out of five (chapters 9 to
    11) concern the human
    aspect of the Plan and
    devote a lot of attention,
    interest, and resources with
    a view to fully develop the
    "human capital" of the
    Nation.

    5) Note the attention
    brought to protect and
    assist children, older
    people, and people with
    disabilities.

    6) Note the attention to
    "Social Infrastructure".

    7) Note the interest in
    Enterprise, Science, and
    Innovation Priority (chapter
    eight)

    8) In general, the drafters
    of this Plan have fully
    realized the importance of
    its human aspect that
    primes all the other
    considerations. That Plan
    was made for the people
    and with the participation
    of the
    people, as we shall see
    later on.

    9) Chapter 7 deals with
    Assets
    development (Roads,
    airport, ports, energy,
    environment,
    communications, and
    government structures).

    10) On the other hand, four
    chapters are rightly
    devoted to "human
    development", which is
    and should be the first and
    foremost concern of the
    Plan. The interest of the
    people may sometimes
    prime the interest
    of the Nation.

    11) Please read attentively
    the extracts of the opening
    remarks of the Irish
    Development Plan,
    particularly the ones
    highlighted in red. These
    remarks summarize the
    whole philosophy behind
    that ambitious plan. They
    also emphasize the social
    aspects of the Plan and the
    firm intention of its authors
    to make sure that the Plan
    is effectively implemented.