Ireland needs to double the number of engineers entering the profession if an acute skills shortage is not to affect major construction projects, said Institution of Engineers of Ireland president Gerry Byrne.
The skills shortfall is threatening to throw schemes such as Dublin Metro and the National Development Plan off schedule.
Institution of Civil Engineers international director John Whitwell has this week decided to step down from a full time role after 12 years with the Institution. He will continue to spend around a third of his time representing the ICE abroad, in particular developing links with the European Council of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. A new director will be sought to guide the ICE's international aspirations from Great George Street.