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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

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