Layout 1Society President PAULINE DALY sums up the wide range of activities currently underway in the SCSI.

I’d like to welcome you all to this edition of the Surveyors Journal, which features a range of interesting articles on the key current issues in property, land and construction. It has been a very busy quarter for the Society and I would like to thank our members across the country who have been instrumental in many of the Society’s reports, events and other initiatives over the period. I was also delighted to see the 25% increase in CAO applications for construction courses around the country, which is a positive sign of recognition that the sector has stabilised and is poised for growth.

Annual Dinner
This year’s Annual Dinner was a great success, selling out more than a fortnight in advance. It was fantastic to see over 1,300 members from all different sectors come together and enjoy themselves, and our after dinner speaker, Oliver Callan, was very well received. A number of other events have taken place over the past quarter
including the first SCSI Property and Facilities Managers lunch and also the joint Rural Professional Group and South East Regional briefing, which included a speech by European Commissioner Phil Hogan.

SCSI TV advertisement
As the property and construction sectors enter a new phase, the Society wanted to highlight the professionalism and expertise of Chartered Surveyors to the Irish public. The Society has created a TV advertisement that will run over 200 times in March, so keep a lookout for it, as it will be airing on primetime slots across RTÉOne, RTÉ2, TV3 and a range of online channels.

New SCSI website
The new SCSI website is now available and displays the relevant practice content and information to members using a ‘tagging’ and ‘personalisation’ system. It is fully mobile responsive and I would recommend that you all take the time to browse the high level of quality content on your computer, tablet or phone. We will shortly formally launch the new website.

Policy
The Society has published a range of research reports on the residential and commercial property markets, and submissions on the forthcoming Planning & Development No 1 Bill and the National Transport Authority Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. There have also been policy engagements with Minister Paudie Coffey in relation to Construction 2020, as well as with Minister Gerald Nash in relation to the Construction Contracts Act.

Incoming Director General
We look forward to welcoming incoming Director General of the Society Patricia Byron in early April. Patricia will be joining us from the Injuries Board, where she worked as CEO, and we are looking forward to working with Patricia as we enter the next phase of development of the SCSI. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Seamus Feely over the last six months. It has been such a pleasure to work with Seamus, and we all wish him the best for the future.

AGMs
The Society’s professional group and regional AGMs will take place in April and I would encourage members who aren’t already involved in the Society to use the forthcoming AGMs as an opportunity to join a professional group or regional committee and play their part in shaping the future of the profession.

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Pauline Daly
President
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland