New mental health unit at Naas Hospital among many government promises in Ireland 2040 plan

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New mental health unit at Naas Hospital among many government promises in Ireland 2040 plan
21:40 Friday 16th of February 2018

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

Kildare is going to benefit from real investment and proper planning as a result of Project Ireland 2040. The plan will support families and strengthen communities in Kildare and will ensure sustainable growth for the future of the county

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Deputy Durkan has stated that Kildare will benefit from 'real investment and proper planning', and there are certainly many aspects of the government's plan that look very good indeed.

Another move that will heavily impact on the county is the planned expansion of the Luas to Lucan, meaning many residents in the north of the county will be able to commute into town using this service in a number of years if it goes ahead.

“The plan will support families and strengthen communities in Kildare and will ensure sustainable growth for the future of the county," stated Deputy Durkan.

“In the first version of Fine Gael’s Republic of Opportunity document, we said it is time to plan for what Ireland is going to look like in 2040.

“This is our plan for the future of Ireland. For the first time in the history of the State, our spatial planning is backed up with solid investment and it will deliver for our citizens.

“The National Planning Framework which forms part of Project Ireland 2040 sets out how Ireland can grow in a sustainable, balanced fashion over the next twenty years. 50% of population growth is planned for our towns, villages and rural communities and 50% for our cities. Project Ireland 2040 is backed and supported up by a €115bn National Development Plan.

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