Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Deputy Dara Calleary is advising that the deadline for submissions to the public consultation phase of the National Development Plan has been extended by a further three weeks to February 19.
He was informed of the extension by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, TD.
“The public consultation, #ReviewToRenew was launched on November 3 last and affords people an opportunity to share their views to inform and influence this important policy review,” Deputy Calleary explained, adding that he had insisted on the review as part of the Programme for Government negotiations.
He continued that the review offers an opportunity to ensure that investment in Ireland’s economy is maximised so that it benefits every region.
A strong component of the Programme for Government is regional development and so projects that are funded under the National Development Plan impact where people live, how they work and travel, the health and education systems, and social, cultural and sporting facilities.
“As Mayo and west of Ireland dwellers this is our opportunity to put forward our ideas, our goals and our ambitions for the area,” Deputy Calleary said.
“The final review of the National Development Plan is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021 and it is imperative that crucial infrastructural projects and investments that will help to enhance and develop Mayo and the West are included – such as the N26, N5, N17, Western Rail Track, Knock Airport but also in areas such as water and sewerage, health, education and broadband.
“I am encouraging everyone who has done so already, to please make a submission. Political representation will be greatly enhanced with public support for our projects and for our area,” the Deputy concluded.
Respondents are requested to make their submissions by emailing [email protected].