The National Framework for the Future plan, also known as Ireland 2040, predicts that populations in Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford will increase by at least 50% over the next 22 years.

Numerous large scale development projects such as infrastructure, housing, fisheries and transport for Waterford, Limerick, Kerry and Cork have been allocated funding under the plan to account for this increase in population (see breakdown below.)

What does this mean for construction and engineering talent? There is no doubt that the demand for highly skilled construction and engineering staff will continue to increase at a significant pace in Munster over the coming years.

And if you are working in either construction or engineering, and have been considering making a move to Munster, now is the perfect time to consider relocating. Our team at Euro Executive Recruitment can discuss a number of exciting roles in the Munster region with you, or if you would prefer to send your CV to us in advance, just email lydia@aaeuro.com and we’ll be in touch. Check out all of our live, open roles on www.aaeuro.com

WATERFORD

€2bn urban regeneration fund for Waterford North Quays SDZ regeneration project.

Social housing target is to deliver approximately 3,500 additional social homes for the South-East region. Current projects include Portlaw, Dungarvan and Wadding Manor, Ferrybank.

Dunmore East’s Fisheries Harbour Centre has been selected for significant investment

LIMERICK

€900m N20 Limerick / Cork motorway

Coonagh to Knockalisheen road development project

Shannon Crossing / Killaloe Bypass / R494 upgrade project will relieve congestion in Killaloe and provide an additional crossing of the Shannon

N21/N69 Limerick to Adare to Foynes will give greater connection to the port of Foynes and provide a much needed bypass for Adare. The N21 part of the route will be motorway.

Widening of 13km of the M7 to three lanes in both directions from its interchange with the M7/M9 (Waterford) to Johnstown.

3,500 additional social homes across the Mid-West over the five years up to 2021.

The Shannon Group will invest over €150m in its capital programme over the next four years through its subsidiaries; the Shannon Airport Authority, Shannon Commercial Enterprises and Shannon Heritage).

New ambulance base for Limerick, new patient accommodation will be at University Hospital Limerick, and the transfer of Limerick University Maternity Hospital to the University Hospital Limerick site in line with the National Maternity Strategy.

KERRY

N22 Ballyvourney By Pass

Tralee Northern Relief Road scheme will provide a new link to join the completed N22/N69 Tralee bypass to the Bracker O’Regan Road

The N69 Listowel Bypass will ease congestion through Listowel town and will improve access to Shannon Foynes Port.

The Dingle Relief Road project is likely to be completed by the end of next year.

2,000 additional social housing units are currently underway in Rathmore/Barraduff, The Park, Killarney, and Ardbhearna, Kenmare.

Towns and villages in Kerry with populations of less than 10,000 benefit from the new €1bn Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

The Institute of Technology Tralee will see a major infrastructure project as part of a public- private partnership programme for the higher education sector.

Dingle has been earmarked for capital investment to increase landings in its Fishery Harbour Centre.

CORK

The M20 Cork / Limerick motorway

BusConnects programme, a €200m revamp of the city’s bus service and public transport system with the development of bus corridors, cycling routes and the planning and design of a light rail corridor

N22 Ballyvourney Macroom Project

N8/N25 Dunkettle Interchange

Mallow Relief road

N25 Carraigtwohill to Midleton project

Upgrade of the the Tyndall institute at UCC

Strengthening of Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Science Foundation Ireland centres

2,000 additional social housing units are being built on White St and Church Rd

In Fermoy town, 52 homes are being built at the the Crann Ard development

49 new homes will be built in Kilnagleary, Carraigaline

A new hospital

New dedicated ambulatory elective-only hospital

Replacement and additional radiation oncology facilities

€90m Port of Cork redevelopment project  will bring about improvements to the port infrastructure and connectivity, and will enable the port to accommodate larger vessels

The €55m investment in the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project will enhance the water quality in Cork Harbour

Castletownbere is set to benefit from the capital investment programme across all six Fisheries Harbour Centres to further develop a modern offshore Irish fishing fleet