Former minister for communications Denis Naughten: While there’s broad sympathy for Mr Naughten in  Roscommon, concern remains over the future rollout of broadband in rural areas. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It was business as usual for former minister for communications Denis Naughten on Saturday as he launched the first phase of the Portunny Heritage Tra(...)

Project will plan for boost in population

We know one key detail: there will be an additional one million people living in Ireland, and two-thirds of them will be in the workforce. Until now, (...)

Fianna Fáil members Jim O’Callaghan, Barry Cowen and Michael McGrath. Mr Cowen said linking the framework to the National Development Plan was an attempt to conflate the two issues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin is to seek independent legal advice on whether the Government’s National Planning Framework (NPF) needs to be voted on in the Oireachtas. T(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040; the National Planning Framework and the 10 year National Development Plan at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The National Planning Framework (NPF) aims for a more balanced regional development and seeks to address rural decline by selecting regional cities as(...)

Foreign direct investment: multinationals such as Intel look for highly skilled graduates. Photograph: Intel Corporation

When it comes to regional development, particularly the development of smaller towns, there are frequent calls for IDA Ireland to bring jobs to a town(...)

Project Ireland 2040: a new Metro link is due to run between Swords and Sandyford, in Dublin

Project Ireland 2040 aims to provide balanced regional development, in order to reduce Dublin’s growing economic domination, and to improve the State’(...)

There is no shortage of zoned land in Ireland, but when it comes to the larger urban centres there is a lack of zoned land that has key services such as water and sewerage connections. Photograph: Getty Images

The history of national spatial plans in Ireland is one of failed opportunities – plans that were undermined by local political interests and policy i(...)

Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney: has raised his concerns with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, on the exclusion of the Western Rail Corridor from the investment plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government will commit to establishing three elective-only hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin West as part of their national capital plan. Disc(...)

The National Planning Framework is intended to give a clear strategy for where and how the country is to be developed, built and connected over the next decade. File photograph: Getty Images

What is the Government discussing today? Ministers are meeting in Government Buildings to discuss the content and presentation of two important docum(...)

Leo Varadkar has said the NPF must be realistic. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted the National Planning Framework (NPF) needs to be realistic insisting every town cannot become a city. Speaking a(...)

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