A Vision for The South East

In partnership with Project Ireland 2040, an initiative of The Government of Ireland

Project Ireland 2040 is the Government’s overarching policy initiative to make Ireland a country ‘that reflects the best of who we are and what we aspire to be’.
Project Ireland 2040 is the strategic policy and planning framework for the social, economic and cultural development of our country. It includes a detailed investment plan for the period 2018 to 2027.

TheGovernment investment in the North Quays, confirmed in Project Ireland 2040, will unlock more than €300 million of private investment by the Saudi Arabian Fawaz Alhokair Group.

TheGovernment investment in the North Quays, confirmed in Project Ireland 2040, will unlock more than €300 million of private investment by the Saudi Arabian Fawaz Alhokair Group.


By 2040, the Government estimates that an additional million people will live in Ireland and an additional two-thirds of a million people will work here.
This will mean more people will be travelling to work, school and universities, more buildings will be needed to accommodate them, clean water for homes, farms and industry and an increased level of care facilities for the county’s elderly – more than 20,000 Irish people turn 65 annually.
Without effective planning, growth will be haphazard and uneven. Without the required infrastructure, the potential for economic growth will stall.
Project Ireland 2040 aims to secure balanced economic growth and social progress on a regional basis and between urban and rural Ireland.
There are 10 interconnecting strands in this Plan, each of which is built around the overarching themes of wellbeing, equality and opportunity:

1: Compact Growth
2: Enhanced Regional Accessibility
3: Strengthened Rural Economies and Communities
4: Sustainable Mobility
5: A Strong Economy, supported by Enterprise, Innovation and Skills
6: High-Quality International Connectivity
7: Enhanced Amenity and Heritage
8: Transition to a Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Society
9: Sustainable Management of Water and other Environmental Resources
10: Access to Quality Childcare, Education and Health Services

Project Ireland 2040: the South-East Dimension

Project Ireland 2040 seeks to enhance regional connectivity and competitiveness, improve environmental sustainability and build a fairer, more equal Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to live in a strong community and reach their full potential.
The South East region is characterised by a network of strong county and market towns and wider rural environs, which will be a major asset for the implementation of Project Ireland 2040 to build on.
Wider regional opportunities to strengthen the South East will also be pursued through the leveraging of enhanced national and international connectivity, especially via ports with proximity to continental Europe such as the Port of Waterford at Belview and Rosslare Europort, the strengthening of Higher Education Institutes in the region, and further balanced employment and housing development in key settlements and county towns.

Arc Labs at WIT: Ibec believes the establishment of a Technological University for the South East  will be critical to the region's economic development

Arc Labs at WIT: Ibec believes the establishment of a Technological University for the South East will be critical to the region's economic development


Project Ireland 2040 sets out its vision for balanced regional growth. A key pillar of this vision is the sustainable development of cities outside Dublin.
As Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford is well placed to benefit from Project Ireland 2040. It sets out a target for Waterford to grow by at least 50% by 2040. There are a number of measures in the plan which enhance Waterford’s significant potential to become a city of scale.

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