Minister John Paul Phelan
Fund for ingthe delivery of a Technological University of the South East, more local authority housing and improved radiology facilities and a new MRI at St Luke’s General hospital as well as plans for improved road access to both Tipperary and Limerick all augur well for Kilkenny and the south east as a whole, Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan says.
The government’s long-awaited 2040 plan includes plans for improved road access between Waterford and Cahir as well as Cork and Limerick, investment which will improve commuting times for residents of south Kilkenny in particular, Minister Phelan said.
“The Project Ireland 2040 report shows that this government is committed to the future development of Kilkenny and the south east region. The Technological University of the South East is listed as a priority project, as is improved access to Limerick and to Tipperary.
“This will be good news for so many people in this region. For far too long, we’ve seen a relentless brain drain to colleges in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and elsewhere.
“Providing a Technological University of the South East will allow students who want access to University qualifications to remain in this region.Significant new buildings will be provided in IT Carlow and WIT as part of the Higher Education Public Private Partnership programme. These new buildings will support both institutions in expanding and enhancing their STEM-related provision. This investment will see financial pressure reduced on them and on their parents.
“Such a development will also act as a catalyst for investment right throughout the south east. I’ve long championed the case and am delighted that Taoiseach Varadkar has delivered on his promise to include it as a priority.
“The improved roads access planned will be a Godsend to people of this region, particularly those living around Kilmacow, Granny, Mooncoin and Piltown. Their commuting distances will be cut and their quality of life will be much improved,” Minister Phelan added.
The blueprint for development also provides for the development of 1,500 additional local authority homes – 38 of which will be provided in Kilkenny.The radiology department in St Lukes, Kilkenny will be extended and a new MRI will be provided.
Project Ireland 2040 will enhance regional connectivity and competitiveness, improve environmental sustainability and build a fairer, more equal Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to live in a strong community and reach their full potential, Minister Phelan added.
“Project Ireland 2040 will deliver for every part of Ireland. The South-East region is characterised by a network of strong county and market towns and wider rural environs, which will be a major asset for the implementation of Project Ireland 2040 to build on.
“Waterford City will be developed and promoted as a key enabler of economic growth in the Southeast. This development will be supported through transformative approaches to urban regeneration. An urban regeneration fund of €2 billion will support the development of the five cities of the region and other large urban centres. Examples of projects that have the potential to receive support under the Fund include the Waterford North Quays SDZ regeneration project.
“Wider regional opportunities to strengthen the South-East will also be pursued through the leveraging of enhanced national and international connectivity, especially via ports with proximity to continental Europe such as Belview and Rosslare-Europort, the strengthening of Higher Education Institutes in the region, and further balanced employment and housing development in key settlements and county towns,” Minister Phelan concluded.