The Government is expected to announce its Budget for 2024 on 10 October 2023.
Engineers Ireland is highlighting four priorities for Budget 2024
- Invest in infrastructure for economic stimulus, decarbonisation and quality of life
- Build safe and sustainable homes and communities
- Energy: we must ensure we increase sustainability and keep our energy secure and affordable
- Skills Shortage: encourage and provide financial support to STEM education outreach. Embrace further and higher education and lifelong learning
Our submission to Government is designed around delivering on the overall ambition and the specific measures outlined above. Driving our economy - but in a sustainable way - and achieving the ambition of Government will require substantial investment in infrastructure and education to act as an economic stimulus, create jobs and overcome ongoing challenges in housing, climate, digitalisation and global uncertainties - for example, the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and the rise of AI. Such investments will provide vital social, environmental and economic facilities for our citizens and our natural environment, and will enhance our country’s wellbeing, inclusion and competitiveness. See our submission here which has been issued to Minister Michael McGrath TD and Minister Paschal Donohoe TD.
Engineers Ireland is committed to focusing the expertise of our professional engineering membership in finding practical and cost-effective solutions to the significant societal challenges, in the national interest. This underpins the importance of having the voice of the engineer heard in public policy by providing evidence on a wide range of engineering issues, as well as sustainability, wellbeing, and innovation more broadly.