Build a fording system to help the Irish get around the country, as part of the Government’s plan to create a national identity for Ireland.
The plan is the brainchild of Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe and includes the establishment of an Irish ford network.
Mr Donoho has set a target of reducing the number of cars on the road by 10 per cent by 2020, and has already set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 per cent over the same period.
The aim is to reduce the number to 10 per and 40 per cent in 2021.
Mr Donnelly said that while ford construction was a long-term plan, it would be possible to build a system of roads in a year or two, with the help of the Irish National Roads Agency.
The Minister said that as part in the Government, the Department of Transport will undertake a study into how to build and operate a forked road system.
He said that a network would not be limited to only roads and footpaths.
The scheme will be a key component of a national project to create an identity for the nation and establish a national highway network.
“We will also be developing an identity document that will provide the Irish with a more secure way of accessing public services and that will ensure they can get where they need to go.”
The identity document will be issued by the Department and will be part of a public database so that we can track the road users and the vehicles that are using the road,” Mr Donnelly explained.
The new Irish road system will include a network of four fords, along the length of the country.
The roads will connect Dublin with Cork, Limerick with Cork city, Carlow with Galway and Donegal with Galton.
The Government is also considering a network for rural areas, such as Wicklow, which is also to be connected by roads, as well as linking the border regions of Louth and Waterford.
A new national highway system will be established to connect the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and parts of New South Wales, the Northern Territories said in a statement.
A cross-border network will also help to ensure the country’s infrastructure can support a growing population and a growing economy, the statement said.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will be involved in the project, with its Rural Roads Programme managing the project.
It said the Government has already provided a funding grant to the RWRP, which will support the implementation of a road network and a national ID system.
The Rural Roads programme will also support the establishment and maintenance of new roads and pedestrian crossings in the Northern Hemisphere.
It will support projects that support sustainable road building and construction across the region, including:A national road network to connect Dublin to Cork, Galway, Cork city and Limerick to Limerick, the Government said.