On Saturday 07 January 2017 the Republic of Ireland Region held its Annual General Meeting at the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. It was a great pleasure to have the CABE President, Mr Benjamin Bradford, and CABE CEO, Dr John Hooper, as special guests for the occasion.
A special CPD was presented on the day also. The Republic of Ireland Region Annual Black Tie dinner was held in the evening at which the appointment of the Ambassador for the South/North Irish Regions was announced and awarded to Mr Seán Canney who is the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief.
2017 Annual General Meeting
The AGM 2017 was very well attended and proved to be a good opportunity for discussion and networking. The outgoing Chairman, Mr David Courtney, handed over the office to the incoming Chairman, Mr Edward McGuire. Tributes were paid to outgoing Chairman, David Courtney. David’s tireless efforts and contribution to promoting CABE in Ireland were acknowledged. Under David’s leadership for the past four years the Southern Ireland Region has grown and developed tremendously and his contribution to CABE was greatly acknowledged and appreciated by the meeting.
Picture caption: Participants at the AGM 2017 Southern Ireland Region CABE
The chain of office was formally presented to the incoming Chair, Edward McGuire, by CABE president, Mr Benjamin Bradford.
The AGM was attended by Ben Bradford, CABE President and Dr John Hooper, CABE CEO representing CABE Headquarters. The Northern Ireland Region was represented by Joseph Birt (Chairman) and Garry Thompson, incoming Northern Ireland region Chairman.
Ben Bradford delivered a very comprehensive presentation on his background and vision for CABE. John Hooper gave a talk on the present status of the CABE hierarchy, the increasing membership and the future plans and hopes for the Association. Mr Joe Twomey, Past President of CABE and Trustee of the CABE Benevolent Fund, gave a very interesting and enlightening talk on the Fund.
Joe informed the meeting that the CABE Benevolent Fund is an independent, Registered Charity. The Fund is administered under a Scheme approved by the Charity Commissioners which provides for the appointment of Trustees who are members of the CABE. Much of the help the charity is able to provide is made possible by donations, legacies, gift aid and the fund-raising activities of CABE members. Joe gave some examples of areas in which the CABE Benevolent Fund can offer assistance e.g. unemployment due to ill health or accidents, modifications to the home, separation of families, bereavement, difficulties in retirement, financial loans following flood or fire, industrial accidents. Retired members, family members or dependants of members, former members and dependants of deceased members who have had 15 years' continuous membership can apply to avail of the fund in times of need.
Joe’s talk and video presentation was an excellent opportunity to highlight the aims and benefits of the CABE Benevolent Fund.
After many years of dedicated service to the Republic of Ireland Region it was with regret that the retirement of Mr Dan O’Riordan from committee was noted. Dan’s expert knowledge in many areas of the construction industry, his quiet unassuming manner, his clear thinking and balanced contribution to committee business was acknowledged and appreciated by the meeting.
Picture caption: Benjamin Bradford, President of CABE presenting Edward McGuire with the Chairman Chain of Office of the Southern Ireland Region of CABE
Building Regulations CPD
The CPD Special Presentation on recent changes to Building Regulations as well as proposed changes to Technical Guidance Document (TGD) B Fire was presented by Mr Eamonn Smyth, Advisor, Building Standards section at the Department of Environment, Communities, and Local Government. Eamonn is responsible for the development of TGDs to support the Building Regulations including TGD H-Drainage and Wastewater Disposal and TGD J-Heat Producing Appliances, as well as Codes of Practice to support the construction industry including Energy Retrofit (SR 54), Heating and Plumbing (SR 50) and Timber Frame Construction I.S. 440.
Eamonn is also a Member of the:
- European Working Group on Small Wastewater Treatment Systems (WG 41) and the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) National Mirror Group NSAI WG 2
- Taskforce that developed the response to the European Court of Justice case on Septic Tanks and is a member of the working group that developed the inspection protocol for the National Inspection Plan (NIP) for inspections of the legacy of septic tanks
- Inter-agency taskforce on Radon that developed the National Radon Control Strategy published by the Minister for the Environment in 2014 and is Chairman of the Steering group developing training for Remediation.
Eamonn’s presentation was very well delivered in a clear, concise and informative manner. The content of the CPD was greatly appreciated by the participants due to the relevance of the topics. CPD certificates were awarded on the day
Annual Black Tie Dinner and Speeches
The Annual Black Tie dinner was a most enjoyable evening. The evening started with a drinks reception that afforded an opportunity for people to informally chat and mingle. Following an excellent meal CABE President, Ben Bradford, delivered a talk on CABE. He thanked the Republic of Ireland Region for the invitation to attend the AGM and Annual Black Tie Dinner. He wished the Regions well with the organising of the first Ireland conference on 29 September 2017 and he looked forward to attending. He confirmed that CABE Headquarters will give full support, assistance and help with the organising of the event.
Picture caption: Attending the Black Tie Dinner: L to R: John Dumigan, Past President CABE, Joseph Birt outgoing Chairman Northern Ireland Region, Benjamin Bradford, President CABE, Edward McGuire, Chairman Southern Ireland CABE, Joe Toomey, Past President CABE and Kevin Sheridan, President ICE
Appointment of CABE Irish Ambassador
David Courtney addressed the audience and announced with great delight that Mr Seán Canney was approved by HQ to be appointed as the Irish Ambassador for CABE. Seán accepted the appointment and was presented with his ambassadorial Medallion. After the presentation Seán delivered his acceptance speech.
He said that it was an honour for him to be appointed. Seán is the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief. Seán is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has lectured at GMIT prior to his election to the Dáil. His roots go deep into communities, having been involved in community activity since an early age. He was first elected to Galway County Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2009 and 2014. Seán served as Mayor of County Galway in 2007-2008 and was a member of the Planning and Economic Development SPC, Vice Chairperson of theInter County Rail Committee and a member of Corofin GAA Club, having served as assistant secretary for a number of years.
Following his election to the Dáil in February 2016 he was appointed to serve as Minister of State for Office of Public Works and Flood Relief. Sean’s vision is to ensure that Ireland will be a place where its children and grandchildren can build a decent life for themselves, where all people are treated equally and where society looks after the most vulnerable. He is totally committed to doing everything within his power to achieve this. Seán is committed to helping and assisting the Irish CABE Regions in any way he can.
Picture caption: Seán Canny newly appointed Irish Ambassador to CABE
The Republic of Ireland Region AGM, Special CPD, Black Tie Dinner and ambassador appointment proved to be a resounding success. The events were enjoyable, educational, a good learning experience and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the strengths of the Republic of Ireland Region of CABE. The feedback from the events was very encouraging for the planned first Irish Conference to be organised for 29 September 2017 by the Southern and Northern Ireland Regions.
Margaret Kirwan Southern Ireland Region CABE PRO/CPD Officer
20 January 2017