Today Fine Gael announced their new Ireland 2040 Plan, a big initiative that looks to hugely enhance the facilities, services and infrastructure across the country over the next number of years.
The plan includes the restoration of smaller towns and villages, developing Ireland's transport network, improving healthcare, housing and many other things as a €116 million budget has been pencilled in by the government.
It all sounds very impressive, but what does it mean for those of us in Kildare? Well, aside from the overall projects that are being carried out throughout the country, there are plenty of new services promised for the county, including a long mooted Endoscopy Unit for Naas General Hospital.
Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Bernard Durkan, revealed nine different improvements that will be coming to Kildare as part of the Ireland 2040 Plan.
*Provision of an Endoscopy Suite and acute Mental Health Unit in Naas General Hospital
*Provision of fast, high frequency electrified services to Celbridge/Hazelhatch on the Kildare line and Maynooth/M3 Parkway on the Maynooth/Sligo line as part of the Dart Expansion Programm
*Progression of M4 Maynooth to Leixlip through pre-appraisal and early planning during 2018
*Construction of a standard county town type court facility in North Kildare
*Completion of the Kildare and Meath Section of the Galway to Dublin Greenway in 2018/2019 as part of the Greenways Strategy
*Development of a new regional wastewater treatment facility and associated infrastructure to serve Dublin and surrounding counties of Kildare and Meath as part of the Greater Dublin Drainage Project
*Continued emphasis on large scale regeneration, accelerated and targeted housing growth, integrated public transport network development, enhancing international airport and port connections and providing long term solutions to water needs
*Rural and community development in Kildare will be supported by, for example, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, LEADER, the Rural Recreation Scheme, the CLÁR Programme, the RAPID Programme and further libraries investment
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