The Growth of Infrastructure and Rail projects in Ireland

Posted by Daria Tkach, Senior Recruitment Consultant on Monday, April 22, 2024

Ireland's construction and built environment landscape is transforming with a substantial increase in infrastructure and rail projects. As the country continues to experience economic growth and urbanization, there is a big focus on improving transportation links and building better roads and highways. This month, I take a look at some of the most exciting rail and infrastructure projects in Ireland and their impact.

Major road projects, such as motorway expansions and bypass constructions, are underway to improve connectivity between cities and regions, reduce congestion, and enhance road safety. Additionally, significant upgrades are being made to public transport infrastructure, including the expansion of rail networks.

Key Projects

Dart+ Expansion Programme

This initiative aims to enhance Dublin's Area Rapid Transit (DART) network, increasing capacity and connectivity across the Greater Dublin Area. DART network is set to grow from its current 50km in length to over 150km. The DART+ Programme will deliver frequent, modern, electrified services within the Greater Dublin Area and will improve connectivity to regional towns and cities.


This project aims to provide a high-capacity, high-frequency rail service connecting Dublin city centre with the airport and beyond. With concerns over traffic congestion and environmental sustainability, MetroLink promises to revolutionize public transportation in the Greater Dublin Area.

M20 Cork to Limerick Motorway

The proposed M20 motorway between Cork and Limerick is a long-awaited project aimed at improving connectivity between two major cities in the southwest of Ireland. As one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country, the M20 will reduce travel times significantly.

Western Rail Corridor upgrades

The Western Rail Corridor, connecting towns and cities in the west of Ireland is receiving significant upgrades to improve its efficiency and capacity. This project involves track enhancements, station modernization, and signalling improvements along the route. By modernizing and revitalizing these rail services, these upgrades improve connectivity and accessibility, promoting economic growth and tourism in the west of Ireland.

The construction and operation of such large-scale civil engineering projects generate employment prospects and stimulate economic growth and activity, particularly in the construction sector.  There are many prosperous employment opportunities for qualified construction professionals who are thinking about relocating to Ireland.

Additionally, these investments not only facilitate smoother and more efficient travel but also contribute to Ireland's sustainability goals by promoting greener methods of transportation. As the projects continue to unfold in 2024, they are expected to have a lasting and positive impact on Ireland for many years to come.


The growth of infrastructure and rail projects in Ireland represents a significant investment in the country's future. One of the most the clearest signs of Ireland's infrastructure boom is the investment in its road network and public transport systems. The major infrastructure projects which are planned throughout the country present great opportunities for the construction industry job seekers seeking a new challenge. 

If you would like to know more about the fantastic opportunities for careers in construction in Ireland, please contact me and or get in touch by applying to one or more of our jobs here.

Daria Tkach
Daria Tkach
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Maxim Recruitment

Daria is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with day-to-day responsibility for researching, shortlisting, contacting, and interviewing premium construction industry candidates. Daria works with our UK team to help construction industry jobseekers into exciting new construction jobs with our market leading employer clients. Daria also covers the Canadian market as part of her international recruitment responsibilities. Her focus is on Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and other major cities in Canada.