State aims to weave green into gold

The government wants a ‘more ambitious’ National Development Pan that will provide a post-Covid and post-Brexit boost to the economy, while also improving our green credentials. Is it a flight of fancy, or a realistic prospect?

Michael McGrath, the Minister for Public Expenditure, announced a review of the €116 billion National Development Plan (NDP) which acts as the blueprint for the country’s infrastructure

It’s the year 2038. You’ve just nodded off on the high-speed train back home to Dublin from Cork, where you’ve spent the day discussing a proposal for a new offshore wind farm that would generate enough electricity to power half a million homes.

Once you arrive into Heuston Station, you’ll get the Luas to your luxury apartment on the site where Dublin Port used to stand, before most of it was moved to Rosslare, and ...