A FULL range of technical and social activities, combined with the delivery of the President's annual address to the Institution of Engineers Ireland (IEI), was the basis for a highly successful meeting of the European Local Association in Dublin at the beginning of May. The event was arranged by John Higgins, the ICE country representative for Ireland, and Oliver Russell of the Dublin Local Association.
Professor George Fleming's address to the IEI was well received by a large audience and generated a number of searching questions from both IEI and ICE European members. The £46bn workload currently developing throughout Ireland was a primary topic of conversation at a reception held at the British Embassy with representatives of the UK Construction Confederation.
Visits ranged from the wastewater treatment plant for the City of Dublin, being totally reconstructed while still operational, to the large Neolithic tomb at Newgrange (about 85m diameter and 13m high) whose construction predates both Stonehenge and the Pyramids.
At its annual meeting ICE members operating in Europe discussed their concerns, achievements and programmes of activity. Developments within the ICE were presented by Brian Crossley, vice president international, and the activities of the European Council of Civil Engineers were highlighted by Diana Maxwell. The significant progress made towards promotion of the ICE in central and eastern Europe was reviewed by Roger Milburn and Hugh Ferguson discussed the activities of Thomas Telford Ltd.