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Local Government Seminar: Addressing Risks through Public Enablement - A renewal of the Local Authority Engineer's role

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 18 February 2016
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Venue
    Athlone Springs Hotel, Tuam Road, Monksland, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €195
    Non-Members: €245
    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details


  • CPD Credit
    1 hour   C1

Seminar overview

Addressing risk through engineering mitigation is a key function of local authorities. With recent events such as flooding, housing supply shortages and road safety issues, the perception among the general public of increasing risks places a spotlight upon the efficient delivery of engineering solutions to address these issues.
The Local Authority engineer is a key agent in addressing stakeholder concerns through the delivery of affordable housing, acceptable levels of protection from environmental impacts, and safe accessible urban areas particularly for vulnerable road users.
In future the Local Authority engineering service will face a renewed public expectation to deliver engineering solutions which facilitate public ownership in housing, environmental and road safety solutions. Alongside the classic engineering skills of Local Authority engineers, the future skills emphasis will focus on areas such as strategic engineering planning, public engagement and media relations, in order to maintain the continued credibility of Local Authority engineers as ‘enablers’ in delivering solutions for a more informed and engaged public.

Seminar aim

The aim of the Local Authority seminar is to facilitate an examination and discussion of how Local Authority Engineers will address future risks through engineering solutions which enable stakeholder engagement and participation.
Who should attend?
Anyone working with or within Local Government, and particularly those involved in the delivery of engineering services or on behalf of local authorities. 

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of the seminar, the delegates will have an improved understanding of:

  • the strategic role of Local Authority engineers in addressing critical and high profile social and environmental risks such as flooding, housing supply and road safety
  • the types of facilitative engineering solutions which could address these objectives
  • the type of skills renewal which enable Local Authority engineers to act as enablers through engineering solution delivery where public engagement and participation are central to the risk mitigation process


John Martin, Head of Section, Flood Risk Assessment & Management, Office of Public Works
Flood Risk Management in Ireland – The National CFRAM Programme and overview of the Capital Works Programme

Dr. Vincent O'Malley, Head of Environmental Policy and Compliance, Transport Infrastructure Ireland  
Invasive Plants, do they pose a risk to development?

John O’Connor, CEO , Housing Agency   
Housing Strategy 2020

Catherine Carmody, Head of Local Government Operational Procurement Centre
Procurement for Local Government - An Update

Jack Keyes, Consultant and Former Cavan County Manager
Public Engagement and the Local Authority Engineer 

Paul MacDonald, Training Officer, Kildare County Council National Roads Office
Europe's Road Networks TEN T Networks and Upgrades: Past, Present and Future

Sean Lenihan, Senior Executive Engineer, Clare County Council
The Clare Experience: Delivering Local Government Engineering Solutions

Brian Cassidy, Senior Executive Engineer, Cork City Council    
Risk Management and Corporate Governance in Local Government


Make a Booking

18 February 2016

Terms and Conditions

Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, fax or email.


From last year's delegates:
  • "Very worthwhile, glad I came"
  • "Very useful and informative seminar across all sectors"
  • "Informative and well presented, with good participation from attendees"