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IRI Awards night freezes no one out!

Liam Kirwan, Daikin with Keith Mc Greevy, Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Seamus Kerr, IRI President, Eoin Lennon, Novum Overseas and Dave Killalea, Carel Ireland.

This year’s recent Irish Refrigeration Institute Awards night proved yet again that, of all the building services-related representative bodies, IRI is unique. It somehow manages to combine the serious matter of peer-vetted industry awards with a wonderfully-relaxed social occasion.

As always, a capacity attendance convened in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry in Dublin’s northside, for an evening of presentations, food, fun, entertainment and dancing into the early hours.

President Seamus Kerr and his committee deserve great credit for the format of the occasion, and especially for keeping speeches to a minimum. Indeed, there were no speeches as such, save perhaps for some of Seamus’ more obscure ramblings and observations!

It may be the refrigeration sector flagship event, but the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Well done to all involved in making it such a successful and enjoyable evening. Award winners were as follows:

IRI Environmental Award — Daikin Ireland/Carel Ireland/Tesco Ireland

IRI Energy Award— Cross Refrigeration Ltd

IRI Contribution to Industry Award — Dermot Byrne

IRI Training Award — Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

IRI Young Engineer Award — Keith Mc Greevy, Tech Refrigeration

IRI Innovation Award — Novum Overseas

Refrigeration Institute looks forward with confidence

Outgoing President Dave Killalea congratulating incoming President Seamus Kerr.

The review of this year’s activities highlighted the successes of the last 12 months, from the popular Refrigerants Initiative series to joint events with CIBSE, Engineers Ireland and AREA to name but a few. The 2012 Dinner and Awards night was another great accomplishment and it was proposed to make this occasion a bi-annual event.

The theme of education and training came up frequently in the meeting, showing the Institute’s concern in the development of the industry and investment in the future. “We are trying to improve standards and practices in our industry, gain knowledge, and share this with our members”, said Seamus Kerr.

The Refrigerants Initiative series of seminars has been particularly successful, highlighting the various choices in refrigerant available today, with individual talks devoted to HFC’s, ammonia, hydrocarbons, etc. Those who attended six or more seminars received a CPD Certificate of Attendance from the Institute.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal commitment to keeping professional knowledge and skills up-to-date. The IRI is strongly committed to supporting its members in meeting this commitment, and in doing so in a systematic and considered way. Nine certificates were awarded at the AGM and the intention is to resume the series after summer.

Concern was raised about the low number of refrigeration apprentices registering, and also the declining interest in RAC and engineering in general in education. Student levels are currently down in DIT & CIT. Seamus Kerr made the point that the Government should be challenged and questioned as to how it is promoting this industry. There will be a future shortage of trained engineers without further action.

That said, there has been a significant growth in Institute membership. Some of that is due to decreasing and discounted membership costs, but it is also due to the proactive work of Council members in promoting the Institute and what it stands for. That effort was duly noted with a round of applause from the floor.

The excellent contribution of outgoing President Dave Killalea was similarly marked. Dave recounted the many achievements of his tenure, acknowledging and crediting the Council and various committee members’ contribution to these successes. In handing over the chain of office to incoming President Seamus Kerr, he urged all to continue with that support.

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Refrigeration Industry Shows United Force

Caitriona Collins, EPA

The refrigeration sector demonstrated once again that it is one of the most united and coordinated sectors within building services when it held a very successful information day in Dublin recently.

Organised by Refrigeration Skillnet with the support of RII and FGR, the occasion comprised an afternoon session with eight speakers making sharp and concise presentations on a vast cross-section of matters relating to the industry. They included David Roome, Fergus Daly, Dave Killalea, Seamus Kerr, Domnick Ward, Philip Byrne, Catriona Collins and Jean Clarke.

Apart from the value of the information imparted, attendees also took advantage of the opportunity to engage with one another, share opinions, ask questions, and essentially network.

The occasion proved extremely successful and is a model that other industry sectors could well do with emulating.

Inaugural IRI Awards Dinner

The decision by the IRI Council to adopt this approach was vindicated with 130 participants enjoying a very successful evening – the atmosphere was extremely relaxed and friendly with trading competitors mixing and sharing ideas and opinions in a way they normally would not. Many brought their partners and this in turn reinforced the social element of the evening. The roving magician proved particularly entertaining, as did the after-dinner music and dancing.

The presentation of the Annual Awards capped an excellent occasion and provided the perfect backdrop in which to recognise and acknowledge the contribution of individuals who have given so much for the betterment of the industry.

President’s Address
“Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first, hopefully annual, Institute of Refrigeration Ireland Awards Dinner. I would like to particularly welcome Dr Andy Pearson, President of the IOR and Calum McKenzie, Chairperson of the Scottish Refrigeration Association.

“On preparing this President’s address I had started to look at our industry in 2012 and the effects that the current economic conditions were having on companies directly involved in the Ref/AC and heatpump markets. There is no doubt that we are in the middle of probably the most difficult time our industry has seen for many years.

“Reduced client spending, increased competition, reduced margins and difficult payment conditions have all been
exasperated by new European Legislation for F-Gas users, Company Certification, additional employee training requirements and PED to name but a few. While this is something that most industry people understand the need for, and accept, it is yet another burden for companies to carry.

“The EPA and a multiple of other Government bodies have focused on ways of reducing Ireland’s CO2 emission levels for future generations and there is no doubt that additional legislative requirements will be forthcoming.

“While considering all of these current and future influences on our industry, it became clear that these circumstances are the very reason that the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland has been established. In the past the Institute has been asked ‘what do you do for me?’ and ‘why should I
join the Institute?’

“In my opinion the answer is simple – we need a credible voice in our industry that can be heard at the highest level in both Ireland and Europe … possibly even at global level. And, we need to have an Institute that can inform and assist our Industry as to its legislative and environmental responsibilities while working on our behalf.

“In the last number of years the Institute has been actively involved with the EPA, DoeClg, SEAI and IBEC to assist in the smooth implementation of European Legislation that will have direct or indirect effects on the way we as an industry work, and with no small measure of success I might add.

“Because of this, the Institute is now seen by these Government bodies as the first point of contact when they need to inform our industry of proposed legislation and changes to existing legislative requirements.

“The Institute has also had regular contact with representative organisations in Europe like IOR, SRA, AREA and globally with ASHRAE and ARC where additional knowledge of how industries in these countries implement and manage legislative changes can be imparted to our members here in Ireland.

“Since its inception, the Institute has championed the cause of achieving the best for our industry through a focus on increased industry expertise, compliance with legislation, representation at Government level and recognition of suitable training programs.

“To allow this to happen the Institute has created a new interactive website, implemented a new CPD facility, been involved in the implementation of the new F-Gas Registration Scheme, had direct influence in the implementation of the SEAI/ACA scheme, negotiated with the EPA on WEEE impact, been involved with SEAI for the BEW fund and promoted multiple seminars on relevant industry topics.

“In addition, membership cards, certification, newsletters and access to shared technical documents have also been provided to all members. This is what the Institute is able to offer our industry and that is the real value of being part of the IRI. Of course none of this would be possible without the support of all the members, associates, affiliates and students who have joined over the last number of years.

“However I would like to personally acknowledge the hard work and dedication from the IRI Council and sub-committees who give their valuable time on a voluntary basis, and without whose support the Institute would not be in the position it is today.

“We have a tough time ahead of us in all sectors if the current economic climate does not change dramatically, but it is sometimes easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of our everyday activities just how much we as an industry offer to our customers. The level of technical expertise, application knowledge, innovation and system design is exceptional and we need to remind ourselves of the value this gives to our customers, even if they find it difficult to acknowledge.

“To sum up, the Institute will continue to do its best for our industry, through your continued support, and we will always strive to be ‘Your voice in our industry’. Thank your for your attention and on behalf of the dinner and Awards committee I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.” 

Apprentice of the Year
Dave O’Riordan, Head Lecturer, CIT, accepted the Apprentice of the Year Award from IRI President Dave Killalea on behalf of Aidan Lowry. Typifying the times that are in it, Aidan is currently working in Australia.

Pursuit of Tedchnical Excellence
IRI President Dave Killalea and immediate past President Seamus Kerr presented Vincent Weldon of Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning with the award for pursuing technical excellence outside the normal or legislative requirements for training their own engineers.

Contribution to Industry
IRI President Dave Killalea and immediate past President Seamus Kerr presented George McCann with his award for the outstanding contribution he has made across all industry segments. George was also presented with an Honorary Fellowship of the IRI.

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