Original publication: March 2018
Author: Christina Ratcliff, Research Administrator
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Transport and Tourism in Ireland

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This overview of the transport and tourism sectors in Ireland was prepared to provide information for the mission of the Transport and Tourism Committee to the country in 2018 (04-06 April).


Ireland joined the European Union (EU) in 1973 and was one of the first countries to adopt the euro on 1 January 1999[1].

Its political system is a parliamentary, representative democratic republic and the country’s economy is expected to grow at a solid pace supported mainly by domestic activity. Irish GDP growth performed better than expected in the third quarter of 2017 as headline figures were driven up by the activities of multinational companies in the country (please see Table 1 below).Transport and Tourism in Ireland

Transport and housing will account for approximately 30% and 20% of total government capital expenditure planned until 2021. During the pre-crisis property boom, a considerable proportion of property development activity occurred in relatively remote areas without appropriate transport links to the main centres of employment. To address this growing problem, the Irish authorities face a quadruple challenge:

  • delivering additional transport capacity;
  • finding the right balance between public and private transport;
  • improving the efficiency of transport corridors by means of careful spatial planning; and
  • limiting carbon emissions from transport[2].

Ireland has transposed 98% of EU transport related directives into national law. The country recorded relatively few pending court cases about an alleged infringement of EU transport law at the end of July 2016[3].

Table 1: Macro-Economic Forecasts for Ireland

[1]     European Commission – DG ECFIN (Economic and Financial Matters) – Ireland and the euro.
[2]     European Commission – The Commission’s Annual Growth Survey – The European Semester – Country Report Ireland 2017 (p.46).
[3]     European Commission – DG MOVE (Mobility and Transport) – Ireland Country Scoreboard – Internal Market.

Link to the full briefing: http://bit.ly/617-463

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