The Construction Industry Federations South East Construction Ball 2017 was held in Faithlegg House Hotel, Faithlegg Co. Waterford on Friday the 10th of February, kindly sponsored by Opel, Roadstone and Saint-Gobain. It was the first such construction event in the South East since 2008. The event proved to be a great success with over 160 attendees from member companies, our sponsors, as well as distinguished guests of the CIF South East Branch.
These guests included:
- Waterford City & County Mayor, Adam Wyse
- Waterford metropolitan Mayor, John Hearne
- Minister Paul Kehoe
- Waterford Council Chief Executive, Michael Walsh
- Director of Southern Regional Assembly, Stephen Blair
- Laurent Borla (President Waterford Chamber of Commerce)
- Tom Parlon (Director General, CIF)
- Dominic Doheny (CIF president)
- Ken Thomas (Head of School of Engineering – Waterford Institute of Technology)
- Ivor Bowe (Chairman - South East Region - Engineers Ireland)
- Karol Jackson (Chairperson - SCSI - South Eastern Region)
CIF Members in Attendance:
- Cleary Doyle Construction Ltd
- Clancy Construction
- Anthony Neville Homes Ltd
- Tom O'Brien Construction Ltd
- Airconmech Ltd
- BAM Contractors Ltd
- Winthrop Engineering Ltd
- Mythen Construction Ltd
- Quarryview Developments Ltd
- Radley Engineering Ltd
The speakers on the night were:
- Brian Byrne (Chairman of the CIF South East Branch and Managing Director of Cleary Doyle Construction Ltd)
- Adam Wyse (Waterford City & County Mayor)
- Dominic Doheny (CIF President and Joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Developments Ltd)
Brian Byrne, (Chairman of the CIF South East Branch and Managing Director of Cleary Doyle Construction Ltd) mentioned in his speech “With the release of the governments "Ireland 2040" plan this week, which highlights the need for developing Irelands Regions, it was an opportune time for contractors to show that there is a vibrant South East Construction community which has the capacity to carry out the required infrastructure works set out in Ireland 2040.” Brian also thanked the sponsors Opel, Roadstone and Saint-Gobain for their generous support.
Waterford City & County Mayor Adam Wyse gave a heartfelt speech on the need for government, the construction industry, financial lenders and all other stakeholders in the construction industry to work together to build the required housing stock to meet demand in the South East Region.
CIF president Dominic Doheny spoke of the need for Irelands economic recovery to spread to Irelands regions and how it will be a key priority for him as he begins his 2 year term as president of the CIF. Dominic also spoke on how every region has its strengths, with the Pharma/Bio-Pharma, Agri-Food and Marine industries of particular strength in the South east. These centres of economic activity must be supported by providing the necessary infrastructure so that they and the regions they are located in can grow.
Liam Sheedy (Sunday Game Panellist) was the after dinner speaker and gave an insight into his management career both as an All Ireland winning hurling manager and as Regional manager at Bank of Ireland and gave a preview of the upcoming hurling season.