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Dodgy draft


The article by Mark Hansford on Dublin Port Tunnel (NCE 30 September) is based on a discarded draft of a letter, which was retrieved/stolen from these offices by an unknown source.

As the news magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of which I am a chartered member, I would reasonably expect a more ethical approach to such a dubious source, in a publication which should be promoting the interests of the Institution's members and the engineering industry.

The suspension of works is a possible remedy under any contract, but it has neither been instructed nor threatened. The construction supervisor has not demanded that its alternative design be adopted. Options are listed with possible contractual consequences, not warnings.

It is true that we have problems - what project does not - but we will work together to resolve them. This issue revolves around interpretations of what constitutes longtime 'safe' design, not the imminent safety of works or staff on site.

T Brick, deputy city engineer, Dublin City Council Tim. brick@dublincity. ie

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