An Taoiseach this afternoon set out the overall focus for the Shared Island Fund announced in Budget 2021.
In Budget 2021 - through the Shared Island Fund with a planned €500m to be made available out to 2025 - the Government is providing the resources to deliver on our commitment to build a shared island underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement.
The Shared Island Fund will foster new investment and development opportunities on a North/South basis and support the delivery of key cross-border infrastructure initiatives set out in the Programme for Government.
It also opens the way for investing in new all-island initiatives in areas such as research, health, education and the environment, in addressing the particular challenges of the North West and Border communities, achieving greater connectivity on the island and enhancing the all-island economy and all aspects of North South cooperation.
This complements the Government’s existing all-island commitments, including to the North/South Bodies, to cross-border health services and the Reconciliation Fund, as well as the significant support for peace and progress on the island that will be delivered through the EU PEACE PLUS programme.
Taken together, this is a commitment by the Government of more than €1 billion to investment for the future on an all-island basis to 2025.
The Shared Island Fund is central to the Government’s commitment to harnessing the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement to deliver sustained progress for all communities and traditions on the island.
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