In the unabridged version of John Moran's speech to Engineers Ireland's annual conference in Limerick last April, he argues here, in Part I, that we must design and build a better and fairer future for our citizens but, in order to do so, it will require re-engineering our built and planned environment. (Part II can be read here.)
I attended my godson’s confirmation this morning and, watching over 100 kids who were just a little more than 10 years of age, made me think, what will the world – what will Ireland – look like for them in another 40 years when they get to my age?
With an accelerating pace of change, the Ireland of 40 years ago, when I made my confirmation, is unrecognisable. Now cast your minds forward another 40 years into the future and yet, of course, we should be planning for seven generations and so imagining even further. Unlike many politicians, engineers do not build just for the next three to five years. It is why as a group they have a special skill that they can bring to this debate regarding Ireland’s future.