THE 2ND NATIONAL SUMMIT 2007
the chaos: Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Ireland's
March 13 & 14,
2007, Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin
Ireland's rapid economic
growth continues, while the infrastructure log jam is starting to
cause real problems for business. Unless the problem is addressed,
it could threaten future economic growth. To sustain our economic
competitiveness and population growth, it is estimated that, between
now and 2020, a massive €140 billion
public sector investment is needed. In addition, the investment
in Northern Ireland is projected to be €24 billion (up to 2015).
The political will to deliver on our needed infrastructure
seems to be there. The National Development Plan 2007 - 2013 outlines
a commitment to further major enhancement of our economic and social
infrastructure - notably in the key areas of transport, health,
education, social and affordable housing and energy.
Following the success of the inaugural summit last
year - and the extremely positive feedback received from delegates
- the Sunday Business Post and iQuest are delighted to hold the
2nd National Infrastructure Summit - where the opportunities
and challenges we face in delivering this massive investment will
Both the Sunday Business Post and iQuest would like
to thank the main sponsors - PM Group and Siemens
for their support this year.
Strategic Infrastructure Investment, A&L Goodbody Consulting, Sept
Hear the issues that matter to policy and decision-makers
discussed and debated -
- Critical appraisal of the NDP 2007 - 2013
- Removing key barriers to infrastructure delivery
o Developments in the planning and legal process
o Procurement and project delivery
o Capacity in the construction industry
o Attracting private sector finance and achieving value for money
in PPP deals
- Examining key sectors for investment - health, education,
justice, social and affordable housing and a full afternoon on
- An all-island approach to infrastructure development
- Case studies of major Irish infrastructure projects.
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- Beat the traffic
We've introduced an 8.30am start time for Infrastructure '07 -
and a 4.30pm finish - on both days, so that you can spend less
time travelling to and from the event.
John O'Connor, Chairperson, An Bord Pleanála
||John O'Connor was appointed chairperson of the
board for a seven-year term with effect from May 6, 2000. Prior
to his appointment, he held the position of Assistant Secretary
in the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government,
in charge of the Planning and Development Division.
His areas of responsibility covered planning, spatial planning,
urban and village development, construction, water services and
public private partnerships. Before that, he served as Principal
Officer in the Housing Policy and Finance Section of the Department
and as the Department's Finance Officer. He obtained a diploma in
Public Administration from UCD.
Patricia Leahy, Director of PPP Studies, National Audit Office,
||Patricia Leahy joined the National Audit Office
in 1996 after a career in government, industry and investment
Patricia started her career in the Treasury and, subsequently,
worked for the chairman of Glaxo.
She joined Rothschilds to work on British and overseas privatisation
and moved to Schroders, where she focused mainly on Italian privatisation
and capital markets activity. At the National Audit Office, she
has directed a range of privatisation and PPP studies on subjects
such as the Wider Markets Initiative, the LIFT initiative for improving
primary care services and facilities, the London Underground PPP,
Network Rail's new structure, the PPP for the National Air Traffic
Anne Counihan, Chief Executive, National Development Finance
||Anne Counihan was appointed chief executive of
NDFA in 2003. In addition, Ms Counihan is also a director of
the National Treasury Management Agency, where she has responsibility
for legal and corporate affairs.
A graduate of UCD, she is admitted as a solicitor both in Ireland
She is also a graduate of the advanced management programme at
Harvard Business School. Ms Counihan is a member of the Irish Prisons
Authority Interim Board, the Irish Aviation Authority Board and
has served as a member of the board of Bord na Móna for five
years. She is also president of the Corporate and Public Lawyers
Association - the main Irish association of in-house lawyers.
Julie O'Neill, Secretary General, Department of Transport
||Julie O'Neill was appointed secretary general
at the newly-established Department of Transport in June 2002.
From Wexford town, she was educated in Loreto College, Wexford
and joined the civil service in 1972.
She holds an MSc in Public Sector Analysis from Trinity College,
Dublin and a BComm. (Honours) from University College Dublin.
In her current position Ms O'Neill is administrative head of the
Department of Transport with responsibility for policy in relation
to roads, aviation, maritime transport and public transport. She
has responsibility for a budget of nearly €3 billion per annum
- including the largest spend ever in this country on new transport
infrastructure through the government's ten-year transport investment
programme - Transport 21. Responsibility for oversight of road,
rail, aviation and maritime safety falls within the Department.
This summit has been researched and designed for decision-makers
in the planning, delivery and financing of public infrastructure
such as -
- Planners and strategists
- Policy and decision-makers
- CEOs / MDs
- Finance Directors
- Project Developers
- Economists/Investment Analysts
- Public Sector Managers
- Private sector Contractors/Service providers
- Financial/Legal Advisers
- Regulatory Bodies
- Elected representatives.
DAY 1 - Tuesday
March 13 2007
7.45 Coffee, light breakfast
8.30 Chairman's opening
APPRAISAL OF NDP 2006 - 2013
8.55 The challenges to be
faced - the equipment to be packed for the NDP expedition
||Richard Bruton TD
Deputy Leader & spokesman on finance, Fine Gael
9.15 Appraisal from ESRI
Dr Edgar Morgenroth, Senior Research Officer,
Last year, the ESRI published its
ex-ante evaluation of the new NDP. Their independent advice on the
priorities for public investment recommended a significant increase
compared to the last NDP, while cautioning on ramping up the level
of expenditure excessively.
The report highlighted the need to achieve better value for money
through proper planning, evaluation and project management.
Now that the NDP has been published, our speaker gives the ESRI
view of the plan.
9.45 Is the NDP ambitious
Peter Brennan, Managing Director, EPS Consulting
Considering the cautionary advice given by
the ESRI to Government about the setting of national infrastructure
priorities, our speaker will address the following issues -
- What is the NDP's contribution in addressing
this infrastructural deficit?
- Can we accelerate the delivery of priority
- Does the public sector have the manpower
and skills to deliver such an investment programme?
- The role of private finance and expertise.
10.15 Morning Break
10.35 Speed networking
- Meet...move on...meet...move on...meet!
- Exchange business cards with fellow summit
delegates and industry peers
- The best 50-minute networking session
you've ever experienced.
REMOVING BARRIERS TO INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY
11.25 MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PPP -
The planning of Infrastructure projects
Including the implementation of the Planning and Development (Strategic
Infrastructure) Act 2006
An Bord Pleanála
11.55 Project delivery by the National
Development Finance Agency
Aaron Boyle, Senior Associate, Projects
Section, Arthur Cox
Legislative changes have been introduced to
expand the role and functions of the NDMA as a specialist procurement
Our speaker will give a brief overview of the NDFA Template Project
Agreement - focusing on the role of standardisation in project delivery.
12.25 The emergence of a new wave in Irish
Colm Moran, Director of Infrastructure,
Ireland's requirements for and capacity to
deliver infrastructure have accelerated with increasing prosperity.
The development background has, in parallel, changed beyond recognition
- across planning, procurement and environmental considerations.
Comparing past with recent emerging trends provides insight into
future approaches to increasingly effective delivery of major infrastructure
2.10 Welcome back from afternoon chair
REMOVING BARRIERS TO INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY
2.15 Can the construction industry deliver
our needed infrastructure?
Liam Kelleher, Director General, Construction
- What caused project delays and cost over-runs
in NDP 2000-2006?
- Six constraints identified by CIF in
2000 and what happened to them?
- The CIF view of ESRI's ex-ante evaluation
of new NDP
- Current industry capacity and constraints/uncertainties
extraneous to the industry - but impacting on it
- Constraints/uncertainties indigenous
to the industry.
2.45 International Case studies: Lessons
we can learn from key mass transit infrastructure projects
Dr Werner Kruckow, Managing Director, Siemens
What can we learn from international experience
in order to guarantee fit for purpose, on time and on budget delivery
of key mass transit projects? Dr Werner Kruckow argues that we should
think big in terms of mass transit planning and draws on recent
experiences from other cities around the world.
3.10 Afternoon Break
3.30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PPP -
achieving and maintaining value for money
Patricia Leahy, Director of PPP Studies,
National Audit Office, UK
Our speaker will illustrate with case
studies and tangible examples -
- New approaches to assessing value
for money (VFM)
- The drivers of VFM
- Achieving a good deal
- Maintaining VFM over the lifecycle
of a development.
4.00 LOCKNOTE ADDRESS: Bidding for Irish
public contracts - an outsider's perspective
Liam Connellan, Chairman, Veolia Environment
One company which is attracted to winning
public contracts in Ireland is Veolia Environment - the French environmental
services and infrastructure giant. Veolia runs the Luas tramway
in Dublin and has numerous waste, energy and water interests.
Chairman Liam Connellan gives the company's perspective on operating
in the Irish infrastructure landscape.
4.30 Day 1 Close
DAY 2- Wednesday March 14 2007
7.45 Coffee and registration
8.30 Opening remarks from the morning
Pat McGrath, CEO, PM Group
8.35 North/South Infrastructure - An all-island
David Gavaghan, Chief Executive, Strategic
Investment Board (SIB), Northern Ireland
Our speaker will discuss the 'big picture'
view for Northern Ireland and how opportunities are being exploited
to dovetail the NDP with the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland
- benefiting all the people of Ireland, particularly people living
in border areas.
9.05 CASE STUDY: Strategic Development
Framework for the Midlands Gateway of Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar
Dr. William Hynes, Programme Director of
Professional Planning Master's Degrees, School of Geography, Planning
and Environmental Policy, UCD
Keith Simpson, Managing Director, Keith Simpson & Associates
The National Spatial Strategy (2002) designated
the towns of Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar as a linked gateway.
This study details an effective strategic development framework
for the Midlands gateway in order to achieve the region's growth
INVESTMENT IN KEY SECTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT
9.35 MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Maximising
value in Infrastructure investment With a focus on investment in
health, justice and education.
National Development Finance Agency
10.05 Morning Break
10.35 Healthcare Investment: Challenges
Deirdre Foley-Woods, Executive Director,
The Health Partnership
The challenges facing developers and promoters
in understanding how the public and private sectors can work together
to deliver an enhanced healthcare infrastructure on the island of
Our speaker also outlines and quantifies the opportunities.
11..05 Making social and affordable housing
Cathal Conaty, Chief Executive, International
Housing Solutions Ltd
From the US and South Africa, to Britain and
Jordan, the private sector has teamed up with governments to make
affordable housing happen.
Our speaker presents best practice in these countries and identifies
opportunities for developers, financial institutions and government
to combine to greatly improve delivery in Ireland.
11.35 Dublin Airport
Declan Collier, Chief Executive, Dublin
||In response to the huge
growth in passenger numbers and freight at Dublin Airport, a
massive €2 billion investment is planned.
Hear how the construction programme will transform Dublin Airport
over the next decade.
12.00 Grangegorman Campus development
John Fitzgerald, Chairman, Grangegorman
A 70-acre site in the heart of Dublin is poised
to make a significant contribution to urban regeneration in the
inner city. The site will be the home of the new DIT campus and
a range of healthcare facilities.
This development is hailed as a unique opportunity to help regenerate
the city and to improve the quality of life for the local community.
1.35 Welcome back from the afternoon chair
Dr Sean Barrett, Lecturer in Economics,
Trinity College Dublin
1.45 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Transport
21 - Transforming Ireland's transport system Progress to date on
the delivery of key elements of Ireland's largest ever transport
Department of Transport
2.15 Realising Transport 21 - a consultant's
Kerry O'Sullivan, Director and Chairman,
RPS Consulting Engineers
- Achievements to date on road transport
- Impact of continuing infrastructural
- Ability of design professional bodies
- Flagging potential difficulties in the
- Environmental protection and stakeholder
2.40 PANEL DISCUSSION - Dublin Metro
- making tracks
The government's flagship project has come
in for harsh criticism from opposition parties and economists. Is
the criticism justified?
Frank Allen, Chief Executive, Railway Procurement
Cormac Rabbitt, Transport Consultant
Michele Connolly, Partner, KPMG Corporate Finance
Colm McCarthy, School of Economics, UCD
3.10 Afternoon break
3.35 The vital role of rail in 21st century
Dr John J Lynch, Chairman, CIE
||The railway has a vital
role to play in addressing the bottlenecks in our transport
infrastructure. Significant service improvements have been delivered
in recent years and Iarnród Eiréann is now the
fastest growing railway in the EU.
However, exploiting the full potential of the railway has a
long way to go. Achieving this is vital to the long-term development
of the Irish economy.
4.05 LOCKNOTE ADDRESS: Creating Quality
Gerry Murphy, Head of PPP & Tolling,
National Roads Authority
As a high quality national road network takes
shape, it is worth reviewing the challenges met and overcome to
date, the ambitious future of Transport 21 and what may emerge beyond
4.30 Chairman's closing remarks and conference close
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