Improving performance and monitoring success: Given the lifespan of the NDP, how can we continually strive to deliver optimal solutions, and how can we learn from our mistakes and those of our peers? Constantly refreshing the delivery plan, and ensuring that it is a ‘live’ document, will ensure that our growing population acutely feels the benefits; Governance: What governance structure should be introduced to manage the NDP’s successful delivery? For example, Australia has a dedicated Minister for Infrastructure together with Infrastructure Australia, a body established to play a key role in prioritising and progressing infrastructure projects. Similarly, Ireland needs a focused and co-ordinated entity to delivery on our ambitions.
The hard work begins now, moving from plan and vision to delivery. Ireland starts from a position of strength, albeit with significant risks, but the journey will be far from smooth. A collective responsibility to delivering on the vision will be needed. The NDP is not solely Government’s responsibility, it is Ireland’s – we all need to help, be creative, brave, inspired and determined.
More will only be better if there is a consideration of the plan through the eyes of the citizens and if the infrastructure is in place to ensure Ireland’s liveability improves, and the quality of life of our people does not suffer.
More will be better as long as it applies to all of us.
Shane MacSweeney is Partner and Head of Government and Infrastructure, EY Ireland
Neil Gibson is Chief Economist, EY Ireland