Minister Coffey announces the membership of the expert panel to investigate the problems that have emerged in concrete blocks in Donegal and Mayo

Published on Wednesday, 06 Apr 2016

Mr. Paudie Coffey, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, announced today (05 April 2016) the membership of the expert panel that is being established to investigate the problems that have emerged in the concrete blockwork of certain dwellings in Donegal and Mayo.

“Following my appointment of Mr. Denis McCarthy, former Director of Services with Waterford County Council, to chair the expert panel, my Department wrote to the National Standards Authority of Ireland, Engineers Ireland and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland seeking nominations for suitable persons to participate on, and contribute to, the work of the expert panel.  Over the course of the past few weeks, nominations have been received from all three organisations; the expert panel is now in place and will be in a position to commence its investigations shortly” said Minister Coffey.

In addition to Mr. McCarthy as chairperson, the membership of the expert panel will comprise: -

  • Mr. Noel Kane, BE, Dip Comp Eng, EurIng, CEng, FIEI, FIStructE, MIEAust, MACI, RconEI, member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland’s Concrete and Eurocodes Consultative Committees and the chair of their Masonry Panel and Eurocodes Masonry Subcommittee,
  • Mr. Frank Lee, BE, CEng, FIEI, FConsEI who has been nominated by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland, and
  • Mr. Dave Blaney, PGeo, and Board member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.

In conclusion, Minister Coffey added “I would to take this opportunity to thank the National Standards Authority of Ireland, the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland as well as their colleagues in Engineers Ireland and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland for the technical experts they have nominated to participate on the panel.  In addition, I would also like to thank the chairperson and each of the three nominees who, I believe, have the knowledge and expertise necessary to investigate the problems that have emerged in the affected homes and deliver a comprehensive report in accordance with the panel’s terms of reference.  I wish the expert panel every success over the course of its deliberations and look forward to reading a copy of their report when their investigations into these matters are concluded later this year.”

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