Issue 10 | June 2018

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Welcome from our new President for the 2018-2019 term

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I am delighted to welcome you to the June edition of Connect, our monthly newsletter.

This year the number of our members exceeds 25,000, and to each one, a particular ‘thank you’ for conferring on me the honour of being your 126th President.

I plan to undertake a number of key activities throughout my Presidential year. As I mentioned at my recent inauguration, having worked in an 18 year-long appointment for Monaghan County Council, some challenging times left me with an abiding appreciation for the work ethic and resourcefulness of Local Authorities. During 2018-19 I plan to extend my outreach to all Local Authority engineers across the country. I am confident of the mutual benefits that will flow from that engagement.

Being a Chartered Engineer for the past 33 years has been extremely important to me. At one level, it’s the gold standard of our professional achievement, but - much more importantly - that credential has given me authority to exercise good influence across a range of work. There is an article and pictures in Connect about recent conferrings of Chartered Engineers and also Associate Engineers and Fellows. My warmest congratulations to you all on your achievement.

My involvement with Engineers Ireland and my chartered status have facilitated my deep-seated desire to serve my community. It’s that same willingness to serve that brings engineers from all over the country to the committees of our fantastic Regional branches, Divisions and Societies. During my term as President, I plan to visit our branches to better understand the issues that are most important to you and how you may be assisted.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir agus beir Beannacht.

Peter Quinn

President of Engineers Ireland, 2018-2019
Eur Ing BSc MSc CEng FIEI


In-company CPD training – bringing training to you

With increasing demands on staff time, organisations are seeing the benefits of running in-company training programmes onsite for their teams.

Over the past year, Engineers Ireland has delivered in-company training courses on 20+ various topics to organisations across the country from Cork to Donegal and Waterford to Monaghan, supporting over 500 employees.

The topics have included Water loss and leakage management, EU machinery directive - essentials, Technical report writing and Coaching skills for engineers.

By saving on time, travel and costs, training programmes can be run on your premises and customised to your business needs, giving you the advantage of ensuring your chosen CPD (continuing professional development) is directly relevant to your organisational strategy.

Engineers Ireland can deliver most of its public training courses, including technical and non-technical engineering programmes to in-company teams.

By running training onsite, organisations have found considerable savings of up to 60% in some cases. Training officers mention not only the cost saving, but also the convenience, quality of instruction and coordination of running Engineers Ireland’s in-company training courses.

If you would like to hear more about training opportunities we can offer on your premises or if you would like to receive a quote for a particular training programme, please contact our CPD training team on 01 665 1305 or email

Selected course

SUMMER SPECIAL: Communication and Presentation Skills - 50% off

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours

Dublin, Monday 23 July 9:30am to 5:30pm


Selected jobs

Electrical Project Engineer, Dublin, Jones Engineering Group

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Cork, Mott MacDonald

Geotechnical Engineer, Dublin, Atkins


Excellence Awards opening for entry on 20 June

Engineers and engineering organisations are encouraged to celebrate their achievements and submit an entry to the 2018 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards.

Now in its ninth year, the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards are presented annually in recognition of the achievements of engineers who have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills through their work.

As well as identifying leaders within the engineering industry, the awards provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to society and applaud the innovation and quality of work produced by engineers both at home and abroad.

Award categories open for entry from Wednesday 20 June include:

  • Engineering Project of the Year, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland      
  • Geoscience Ireland Award
  • Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award
  • Technical Innovation of the Year Award
  • Heritage and Conservation Award
  • International Engineer of the Year Award

Each Regional branch, Engineering division and Society committee of Engineers Ireland is also encouraged to nominate its best presentation for the 2017 – 2018 season in the Best Presentation Award category, co-sponsored by Griffiths & Armour and Beale and Company. The Best Presentation Award recognises individuals who have contributed to the engineering profession by delivering outstanding technical presentations to our members.

The Chartered Engineer of the Year will also be awarded and is sponsored by ARUP.

The deadline for entry to the 2018 awards will be 2pm on Monday 10 September 2018. Winners will be announced on 9 November at a gala event in Dublin. Pictured above is Sean O’Rourke, RTÉ broadcaster who was the MC at last year’s event. 


Update on May AGM and new Council and Executive Board members

The AGM of Engineers Ireland took place on 31 May at our offices on Clyde Road.  It was the biggest attendance yet at our AGM and we are most grateful to all members who attended.

The Minutes of the 2017 AGM were approved; our Director General, Caroline Spillane, presented the Auditor’s Report and Financial Statement for the calendar year 2017; our outgoing President Dr Kieran Feighan, presented his Review of the Presidential Year 2017 – 2018 and Caroline also presented her Report for the year 2017. Access to our Annual Report 2017 (PDF) is here.

The ballot result of the new Council member was announced by Vice President, Marguerite Sayers. Our new member of Council for the three year term (2018-2021) is Catherine Sheridan, Fellow.

Also announced as Vice President was Maurice Buckley who is Executive Chairman of the OPW.

Peter Quinn re

The inauguration of our new President, Peter Quinn, Eur Ing BSc MSc CEng FIEI, took place with Dr Feighan handing over the Presidential Chain to Peter for his Presidential year 2018-2019.  (Pictured). You can read Peter Quinn's acceptance address here.

At our Council meeting on Saturday 9 June last, the following six members were co-opted to the Council of Engineers Ireland for the 2018-2019 term: Cormac Bradley, Brian Cassidy, John Coleman, Barry Lowe, Peter Power and Tommy Walsh.

Also last Saturday, the following three members were elected to the Executive Board of Engineers Ireland for the 2018-2019 term: Cormac Bradley, Brian Cassidy and John Coleman.

Please see the governance section of our website for a full list to date of Council and of Executive Board members.


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Project management and why early robust stakeholder engagement is a necessity


Professional titles awarded at conferrings in Dublin and across the country

The next deadline for Chartered Engineer applications is Friday 29 June.

Over 70 of our members were conferred with registered professional titles at a Dublin ceremony on 30 May at our office here in Clyde Road.

In addition to the Dublin ceremony, 90 members were conferred at ceremonies in our North East, Northern, Cork, Midland, West, South East, Thomond and Great Britain regions over the past months.  Many congratulations to them all.

A registered professional title from Engineers Ireland provides peer reviewed and internationally accepted formal recognition of our members’ professional competence.

At the Dublin ceremony, 3 Associate Engineers and 55 Chartered Engineers received their professional titles. Nine members also received the title of Fellow, the highest level of membership awarded. This title is reserved for engineers who have demonstrated a significant level of experience and professionalism. 

Dr Kieran Feighan (President 2017-2018) had the privilege of issuing a Presidential Invitation to become a Fellow of Engineers Ireland to five engineers; John Casey, Asset Strategy and Sustainability Manager at Irish Water; Professor Andrew Deeks, President of University College Dublin; Bernard Looney, Chief Executive of Upstream at BP plc; Zelia Madigan, Deputy CEO of Equiendo and Jacinta Ryan, Operations Manager with ESB.

The President, on foot of approval from our Council, also awarded four Honorary Fellow titles to Patrick Hanratty, SC, Law Library of Ireland and CEDR Accredited Mediator; David Hayde, Chairman of CEL; Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University and Professor Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Founder and Managing Director of Space Technology Ireland for their contributions to engineering and science. See gallery of pictures below in the next article.

For further information on registered professional titles including becoming a Chartered Engineer with the next application deadline on Friday 29 June please click here or contact our membership team at +353 (0)1 6651 334 or email


Photos from our conferring ceremony on 30 May, (Clyde Road, Dublin)

Over 70 members received a professional title of either Chartered Engineer, Associate Engineer or Fellow on 30 May at Clyde Road.

Professor Susan McKenna-Lawlor (centre), Founder and Managing Director of Space Technology Ireland Ltd,
received her Honorary Fellow parchment from Dr Keiran Feighan (President 2017-18).
Also pictured is Caroline Spillane, our Director General.

Pictured at our Dublin conferring ceremony are all new Fellows (from L to R):
Professor Andrew Deeks, President of University College Dublin,
David Hayde, Chairman of CEL,
Professor Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Founder and Managing Director of Space Technology Ireland Ltd,
Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University,
Patrick Hanratty, Senior Counsel of the Law Library of Ireland,
and Zelia Madigan, Deputy CEO of Equiendo.

Pictured with their parchments are two new Fellows of Engineers Ireland:
Professor Brian MacCraith (left), President of Dublin City University
with Professor Andrew Deeks, President of University College Dublin

2017 Chartered Engineer of the year, Captain Eoghan Carton of the Defence Forces, receives his
parchment from Dr Kieran Feighan (President 2017-18).


Engineers Ireland in numbers

25,500 members
32 regions, divisions and societies
1 community