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    The Cabinet's due to hold a special meeting today on what's being described as one of the most significant reports in recent times.

    The new National Planning Framework is expected to be published in the coming weeks - but is facing strong opposition with claims it will result in a deep economic and social imbalance.

    However the Irish Independent reports that the plan has undergone a major re-write to keep rural TD's happy.

    The National Planning Framework aims to help shape local, national and regional planning and investment for the next 25 years.

    However a coalition of cross-party TD's have come together to voice their opposition to a draft version.

    They claim it will 'kill rural Ireland' and the country is at risk of being walked into an irreversible crisis unless drastic changes are made to it.

    The Cabinet will meet later to discuss the plan - which has reportedly undergone a major rewrite to ease tensions - particularly among rural TD's.

  • A Charlestown Councillor says he has to commend Minister Michael Ring and Deputy Sean Canney for the regional projects that have approved under the Ireland 2040 plan.

    However Sinn Fein Cllr Gerry Murray says as a member of the Committee of the Regions he was shocked by the resistance those west of Ireland TDs met with when putting forward various projects.

    Cllr Murray says there is also a problem with the major infrastructure projects that have been approved, as he claims anything west of the Shannon will have to undergo a cost benefit analysis.

    He also hit out at Fianna Fail and says they could have vetoed this plan and have had it amended at any time.


    A special Cabinet meeting will take place in Sligo this Friday.

    The Cabinet meeting will get underway at 11am at IT Sligo, and will be followed by the launch by Taoiseach Leo Varadker of Project Ireland 2040 – the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan.

    The President of IT Sligo Dr Brendan McCormack says the institute is honoured to host the historic Cabinet meeting – the first ever held on an IT campus.

    He says the event is a vote of confidence in Sligo, the Northwest region, its young people and its future.

    Dr McCormack says he believes the plans being announced on Friday will have a transformative impact on the economic well-being of the north-west region, and will provide a much-needed boost for the region.

  • Ministers have been keen to point out that the National Planning Framework is not Dublin-focused.

    But with 40 percent of the population living in the Greater Dublin Area, and congestion a growing problem, those who work and live in the capital want a slice of the pie.

    The cabinet is meeting at the moment to approve the Ireland 2040 development plan.

    Ministers have gathered in Sligo to finalise the 116 billion euro strategy.

    It will see a strong focus on health, housing and transport.

    The plan aims to cater for the extra million people who will be living in Ireland by 2040.

    Minister for Transport Shane Ross told Midwest News in Sligo today that they are going to invest heavily in the west and northwest.

    Meanwhile Sligo Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry says he is disappointed that Government has decided to announce how they are using €115bn of the taxpayers’ money at a glorified photo call in Sligo – when in his opinion it should have been announced in the Dail.

    He said he is hopeful with what has been leaked in the past few days that the regional areas are looked after.