The Southern Ireland Region (SIR) held its AGM in the Hodson Bay Hotel on Saturday 02 February 2019, at which there was an attendance of over 40 Members.
David Courtney, SIR Chairman, read the Calling Notice and welcomed everybody and also welcomed CABE CEO Dr Gavin Dunn.
Regional Secretary, David Keane, then read the minutes from last year’s AGM and, as there were no matters arising, the Minutes were proposed and seconded.
David Keane then confirmed that the Members of the Regional Committee had another year to serve. The Officers for the coming year were Dave Courtney – Regional Chairman, David Keane – Regional Secretary and Sebastian Dean – Regional Treasurer.
The regions Treasurer’s Report was given by Sebastian Dean who confirmed that the Region was in a good financial position.
Dave Courtney then gave the Regional Chairman’s report and stated that it had been a good year for the Region with eight-ten very well attended CPDs, CABE President David Taylor making a presentation at the GMIT International Construction Management Day and the Region having a promotional stand there, the second joint Northern Ireland Region/SIR Conference which was held in the Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, with approximately 130 Members/Delegates attending. Dave then ended by thanking all the SIR Committee for their support during the year and asked the CEO to pass on the Committee’s thanks to Sarah and her team at HQ for their work and support in organising the Conference.
Dave then introduced the CEO Dr Gavin Dunn who gave an insight into what is happening for the Association and what is proposed going forward with regard to CEng etc. A question and answer session followed, after which there was a short coffee break.
After the coffee break Kevin Sheridan gave a CPD presentation entitled Building Standards in a Regulatory Environment. This was followed by a Q&A session after which there was lunch where Members had a chance to network.
Everyone then adjourned to the Bar to watch the Ireland v England Rugby match – enough said of that.
Later that evening there was a Drinks reception followed by the black tie dinner.
Approximately 40 Members and Guests attended the Dinner. CABE Ambassador Mr Sean Canney ,TD Minister of State for Rural Affairs, Natural Resources and Digital Development, addressed the gathering and complimented CABE for ‘being like a family’ stating that ‘all the Members were very positive in their praise of the Association’.
Some of the attendees (the hardy ones) stayed on until the wee hours.