The award was presented to PJ during ICE Republic of Ireland's Annual Dinner on 13 May by ICE Republic of Ireland Branch Chairman, Kevin Sheridan. 'My ICE colleagues and I were very proud to acknowledge PJ's eminence in this field and his outstanding achievements', said Kevin.
Contributing to the engineering community
The early part of PJ's career was spent with Dublin Corporation, now Dublin City Council. He was a founding partner of MC O'Sullivan's Dublin office, later to become RPS Group, and in this capacity he has undertaken significant infrastructure projects in the areas of waste, energy and infrastructure.
Among his major infrastructure projects were the Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline, the Dublin Waste to Energy project at Poolbeg, the Irish Scottish Offshore Renewable Energy initiative (ISLES) and the Gas Pipeline to the West. Additionally, he has led most of the regional waste management strategies and plans for the last 15 years. Further afield, in Europe, he was the Director of the European Green Capital and Green Leaf Secretariat from 2010 to 2015. He is currently engaged in infrastructure planning and development in both the UK and Ireland.
PJ is synonymous with civil engineering in Ireland and his influence has not only manifested itself in projects undertaken by RPS teams led by him, but also in his contributions to the engineering community. He was President of Engineers Ireland in 2011/12, where he championed the initiative to promote the teaching of STEM subjects at second level, as well as winner of the Inaugural Distinguished Graduate Award in UCD in 2002. PJ is currently serving his second two-year term as President of the UCD Engineering Graduates Association (2012 – 2016).