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.