Ireland 2040 plan aims to address rural urban divide

A new government plan which aims to strike a balance between urban and rural development is to be launched at noon.

The ‘Ireland 2040’ scheme is being launched today and comes amid warnings that three-quarters of new homes will soon be clustered around Dublin, unless radical action is taken.

The plans are expected to include ways to combat urban sprawl, encourage people away from the capital and reduce commuting times.

The Taoiseach and the Housing Minister will launch the proposals in Maynooth University at noon.

But political correspondent with the Irish Times, Fiach Kelly, says the final plan will come before all TDs later this year: