Only one third of engineers believe semi-state companies should be sold

Only one third of engineers believe semi-state companies should be sold

24 March 2011 at 00:00
Only one third (34%) of engineers believe Ireland’s semi-state companies should be sold to generate revenue for the exchequer, according to research carried out by Ipsos MRBI.  The research was revealed at the launch of the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2011 which will feature contributions from Pat Cox, David McWilliams and Christoph Mueller and will take place next week at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill on March 31 and April 1.
 
“A critical challenge for the new Government is how to manage the various state assets with regard to how they are used to facilitate Ireland’s economic recovery,” John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland said.  “It is insightful that only one third of our members, engineers who play a key role in many of these semi-state companies, believe these assets should be privatised.  There is a clear issue here in that the new coalition must strike a delicate balance between plugging the gap in the public finances but also leveraging these strategically vital assets to optimise Ireland’s prospects of re-creating economic wealth.  These are the types of issues that will be broached at this year’s annual conference which will feature many high-profile contributors and takes place against a backdrop of great political change and economic flux in our country's history.”
 
Entitled ‘Engineering New Wealth For Ireland’, the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2011 will take place on March 31 and April 1, 2011 at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Co. Galway.  ‘Working with Ireland’s Economic Reality’, ‘Options for an Export Led Recovery’ and ‘New Wealth Creation Strategies’ will be key topics on Thursday March 31. Speakers that day will include: Martin Lowery, President, Engineers Ireland; David McWilliams, Economist; Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament; Frank Ryan, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland; Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland; Dan O’Brien, Economics Editor, Irish Times; Christoph Mueller, Chief Executive, Aer Lingus; Dermot Byrne, Chief Executive, Eirgrid; Dr. Peter Heffernan, Chief Executive, Marine Institute; and Martina Moloney, County Manager, Galway County Council.
 
The second day of the conference will feature discussion sessions including “Engineering a Sustainable Future: A Regional Perspective - hosted by the West Region”, “Improving The Quality of Life of Ireland’s Housing Stock - hosted by the Local Government Division” and “Your Health is Your Wealth - hosted by the Biomedical Division and MEETA Society”.
 
For further information on registering please contact Rita Pollard, (01) 665 1330 or visit http://www.engineersirelandconference.ie/