State agencies in the Republic of Ireland plan to spend hundreds of millions of euro on a massive expansion of Dublin Port and the construction of new rail lines in Kildare.
The multimillion-euro investment plans were announced yesterday, despite the economic downturn and a review of capital spending being undertaken by the Irish government.
The Dublin Port Company said it planned to reclaim more than 30 hectares of land from the sea to allow the port to expand. It comes despite three previous attempts to infill Dublin Bay being rejected.
In a separate development, Iarnrod Eireann said it planned to build new tracks, which would double passenger capacity into Dublin.
The Kildare Route Project proposes installing two new railway lines between Cherry Orchard and Inchicore to allow the separation of commuter and inter-city trains, which would lead to more services.
The route from Inchicore to Hazelhatch would also be electrified, allowing a DART service to run to Kildare.
The plans depend on the delivery of the DART underground project.
The projects will depend on state funding and are understood to cost a total of €190m.