An island nation.
As an island nation with an open economy, Ireland needs strong connectivity with the rest of the globe. This must begin with Ireland’s ports and airports, which are the gateway to and from Ireland. The ongoing threat of Brexit must be accounted for in our plans for these facilities.
At present, about two thirds of Irish exports shipping to continental Europe do so via the United Kingdom, owing to faster connection times and the UK land bridge. The uncertainty presented by Brexit and the possibility of long queues for customs means that Irish exporters are reorienting themselves towards direct routes to the EU.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to invest in ports and airports
Invest in Irish ports.
We will make targeted investments in Irish ports to ensure that they can accommodate new direct routes between Ireland and continental Europe.
Review the Trans-European Transport Network.
In light of Brexit, we will push for an extraordinary review of the Trans-European Transport Network to increase Ireland’s access to European funds for important infrastructural projects.
Air connectivity is equally important, and we must work to ensure that Irish airports continue to enjoy success. This means addressing the issues around Dublin Airport’s second runway, as well as ensuring that Ireland’s regional airports thrive.
Core issues in Transport
Better Regional & Local Road Netowrk
A good road network, reliable public transport and modern ports and airports, are key to balanced regional growth and Ireland’s transition to a green economy.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Currently, buying an electric vehicle is not a viable option for too many Irish people. If Ireland is to meet our climate change targets, this must change.
Establish A National Infrastructure Commission
Fianna Fáil has proposed that a new National Infrastructure Commission tasked with planning ahead over a 25 year period beyond the limited 5 year cycle of current capital plans should be established.
To tackle congestion, there has to be viable and dependable alternatives to private car transport. This means investing in Ireland’s public transport network to ensure that all commuters have an easy way to get to work, whether by cycling, hopping on a bus or train, or by walking.