Issue 14 | October 2018

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Engineering voice heard in Budget 2019

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Welcome to our October Connect newsletter.

Engineers Ireland is pleased to see the increase of €1.4 billion in capital investment to €7.3 billion in Budget 2019 to help overcome deficits in housing, water, transport and other sectors.  In our Pre-Budget Submission to Government we called for this investment boost as one of our top 5 priority areas.  Housing is another big concern in our deliberations with elected representatives. Housing supply must continue to increase, and the emphasis should be on new developments and renovations, yielding high-quality homes. The Budget 2019 announcement that spending on social housing will increase to €1.25 billion next year should help raise living standards more equitably. Engineers like you will be critical to the development of these projects. In relation to other aspects of the Budget, we have remaining concerns around education investment and climate action.

Engineers Ireland advised Government on the National Planning Framework, Project Ireland 2040.  Now we have a seat on the Government’s Construction Sector Group and therefore the voice of our membership will continue to be heard on critically important issues for our growing society.

The topic of safe, energy-efficient, accessible and future-proofed homes is something I feel passionate about. It was the subject matter of my September Presidential Address (A Blue Print for Housing, Plans for Growth) in Dublin. I look forward to presenting my Address to members of our Northern Region on 21 November in Belfast’s Malone House. 

In this edition of Connect, we announce the shortlist for our Excellence Awards which will be held in association with ESB on 9 November. Don’t forget to vote for Project of the Year.  The first in a new series of recognition events for volunteers involved in our Professional Titles process took place at Clyde Road on 4 October.  Tonight, Thursday, I look forward as your President to meeting more of our volunteer interviewers at the Springfort Hall Hotel in Mallow at 6:30pm and on the 18 October I’ll be in Galway. Our members give so generously of their time and it is hugely appreciated by all of us.

With best wishes

Peter Quinn, Chartered Engineer

President of Engineers Ireland


New organisations awarded our CPD Accredited Employer Standard

As reported in our March Connect, there has been an increased demand from organisations looking to achieve the Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer standard. Over 170 organisations have achieved the standard and have experienced tangible business benefits such as improved recruitment and retention rates through implementing this best-practice learning and development framework.

The following five organisations have successfully undertaken the accreditation process since February:

  • 4site Design Consultants (Pictured above, Peadar O'Dalaigh, Structural Engineer (C.Eng), Niall Looney, Operations Manager (C.Eng) and Paul Dullaghan, Project Manager, with their certificate).
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cruiserath Biologics
  • H&MV Engineering
  • Kildare County Council
  • Quinn Industrial Holdings

These diverse organisations (including global and Irish consulting engineering firms, and also a local authority) range in size in terms of staff numbers, demonstrating how the standard is beneficial to a wide variety of organisations.

4site Design Consultants (Limerick, Dublin and UK) provides innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications, power, renewable and multi-site networks.

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cruiserath Biologics (Dublin 15) is a biopharmaceutical company seeking to deliver innovative medicines for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. The current BMS operations in Ireland includes a newly constructed state-of-the-art biologics drug-substance manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, Dublin 15.

H&MV Engineering (Limerick) is a specialist high voltage engineering company operating since 1997. The company is headquartered in Limerick with offices in other parts of Western Europe, Scandinavia, India, Middle East and South Africa.

Kildare County Council is the authority responsible for local government in County Kildare and provides a wide range of services.

Quinn Industrial Holdings (Derrylinn, Fermanagh) is a leading provider of building materials including cement, related quarry and concrete products, as well as insulation systems.

If you would like to enquire about achieving the standard, call Eoin O'Dwyer (CPD Executive) on +353 (1) 665 1305 or email

Selected course

The Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Agriculture and Food Industries

CPD Credit: 5.5 hours

Dublin, Tuesday 23 October


Selected jobs this month

Field/ Site Engineer, Cork, Atkins

Senior Fire Engineer, Dublin, McCrae Consulting Engineers

Structural Project Engineer, Galway, John Britton Consulting Engineers


New appointment to support our sectors

Engineers Ireland is pleased to announce that John Byrne (pictured) is our Director of Sectoral Engagement. 

This new role recognises the importance of our sectors and the work they do as volunteers.  Our sectors include our 32 Regional branches, Engineering divisions and Societies. These groups are integral to the successful work of our organisation, with volunteers on sector committees arranging hundreds of special interest events each year for members to attend.

In his new role, John will provide strategic and operational leadership to our sectors and will lead the Sector Support team in the development, engagement and advancement of our sectors and key sectoral events.  He will also implement our new Sector Strategy which aims to ensure increased engagement with our sectors.  The Strategy follows a major consultation process earlier this year with sector representatives and others.    

John has been a member of the Senior Management Team since joining Engineers Ireland in 1995 and was previously Finance and Operations Director. John can be contacted anytime on

We encourage every member to log in to our website and sign up to the relevant email lists to be notified of the events that interest them in their sector.

Cork region Autumn CPD Series - Asset Management and Reliability – 15 October

This lecture will introduce machine reliability and provide tips and guidance for achieving reliable operations.


STEPS new Young Engineers Award for 3rd and 4th class

Engineers Ireland has launched the STEPS Young Engineers Award. This new competition is open to all 3rd and 4th class pupils in the Republic of Ireland.  Our STEPS team wishes to find the brightest young engineers in Ireland! 

Being part of this competition is very straightforward.  Teachers sign up online (link below) to download a series of structured worksheets (Project Book) and lesson plans, which replicate the steps of a real engineering project. They then divide their class into engineering teams. The engineering teams (which can also include a mix of 3rd and 4th class) work together to come up with an engineering idea to improve their community.

Teachers are encouraged to sign up online to receive a STEPS Volunteer Engineer or to ask a local engineering firm or parent, to visit the class while the students are working on their projects. The deadline for submission of project ideas is 14 December. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded on 7 March 2019 during Engineers Week.

What will your class come up with?

How will they change their world? You can register on

The work of our STEPS team is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Arup and ESB.


Recognising our volunteer interviewers

On Thursday 4 October our President, Peter Quinn, hosted the first of four Professional Titles volunteer interviewer recognition events at our office at 22 Clyde Road in Dublin. Our Director General, Caroline Spillane, also attended this social gathering together with our membership team.

Our volunteer interviewers interview candidates going forward for our professional titles which are Chartered Engineer, Associate Engineer and Engineering Technician.

Our professional reviewing processes are key to ensuring that we maintain standards in the awarding of professional titles.

Further volunteer interviewer recognition events will take place in Cork (tonight, 11 October), Galway (18 October), Belfast and London.

Please see below some pictures from the event on 4 October.

If you are a volunteer interviewer, please register your interest in attending these future events to Lucy O’Neill -

Pictured on Thursday 4 October at our Professional Titles volunteer interviewer recognition event at 22 Clyde Road in Dublin were left to right: Our President Peter Quinn, Christopher O’Byrne and Cormac Bradley.

Pictured at our Professional Titles volunteer interviewer recognition event at
22 Clyde Road in Dublin were left to right: Geraldine Ann Cusack, John Fingleton and Ben O’Regan.

Also pictured on Thursday 4 October at
22 Clyde Road are left to right: John Rowland, Sheila O’Connor and Philip Lee.

An Engineer Imagines

Pictured on Friday 28 September at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin at the world premiere of An Engineers Imagines, about the remarkable life of structural engineer, the late Peter Rice, a native of Dundalk were: Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland and Dee Kehoe our CPD and STEPS Director with the film’s Director, Marcus Robinson (2nd left) and Andrew Tully, Assistant Producer from Fine Point Films.

Peter was the site engineer, Sydney Opera House. In the 1970s he was chief engineer for the design and construction of the Pompidou Centre. He is recognised as one of the most creative and outstanding civil engineers of his generation.


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Excellence Awards shortlist announced

Engineers Ireland is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. The awards, held in association with ESB, are presented annually in recognition of the achievements of engineers who have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills through their work. 

We are currently calling on our members and the Irish public to vote online for what they consider to be the Engineering Project of the Year before the midnight deadline on Friday, 2 November. The 2018 shortlist for the Engineering Project of the Year, sponsored by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland is:

  •  Kevin Street Garda Headquarters by Atkins
  • M17/M18 Gort to Tuam Motorway PPP by Barry Transportation and Arup
  • Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme by Irish Water, in association with Kerry County Council, Nicholas O'Dwyer, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Glan Agua 
  • Northern Spire Bridge by Roughan & O'Donovan, Buro Happold, Farrans and Victor Buyck
  • Shannon Airport Rehabilitation of Runway 06-24 by RPS 
  • BXD 400 - Luas Cross City by Sisk Steconfer JV

We look forward to announcing the winner of each category award at the black-tie Excellence Awards ceremony on Friday, 9 November at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin. To join us at this celebratory evening, purchase your tickets here.


Engineers Ireland in numbers

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