Donohoe rebuffs UK proposal for Irish infrastructure commission

Minister said that Ireland has its own structures in place to advise the delivery of long-term infrastructure projects

Paschal Donhoe said that instead of setting up and infrastructure commission, he had reconstituted the Project Ireland 2040 Delivery Board last year, which is tasked with driving forward the government’s €165 billion National Development Plan (NDP)

Paschal Donohoe has shut down the suggestion that Ireland should consider establishing a National Infrastructure Commission to advise the state on long-term infrastructure delivery.

The minister for public expenditure’s comments come after Julia Prescott, deputy chair of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission, last week told the National Infrastructure Summit that Ireland should consider setting up its own equivalent commission.

Dara Calleary previously introduced a bill to the Dáil to establish an independent infrastructure commission here ...