Institution of Engineers of Ireland
The Institution of Engineers of Ireland or the IEI, is the second oldest engineering society
Engineering society
An engineering society is a professional organization for engineers of various disciplines. Some are umbrella type organizations which accept many different disciplines, while others are discipline-specific. Many award professional designations, such as European Engineer, Professional Engineer,...

 on the Islands of Great Britain
Great Britain
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 and Ireland
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, and was established in 1835, the institution primarily represents members based in Ireland.

Membership of the institution is open to individuals based on academic and professional
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 background and is separated into grades in accordance with criteria, including the Chartered Engineer and European Engineer
European Engineer
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The institution accepted its current legal name in 1969 by an Act of the Oireachtas. In October 2005 the institution adopted the operating name Engineers Ireland in an attempt to reduce any confusion over what the abbreviation IEI means, and as a substitute for its current legal name which is often considered unwieldy; the legal name is, however, unchanged.


The history of the institution can be traced to August 6, 1835 when civil engineer
Civil engineer
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s met in Dublin; the result was the Civil Engineers Society of Ireland, in 1844 the society adopted the name the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland (ICEI). The institution received a Royal Charter
Royal Charter
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 on October 15, 1877, this being a significant milestone in obtaining international recognition and standing. In the early years of the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
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 Cumann na nInnealtóirí (The Engineers Association) was set up independently, in 1928, by incorporation under the Companies Act, 1908 to "improve and advance the status and remuneration of qualified members of the engineering profession" as it was felt that the institutions charter prevented its negotiation of employment conditions and salary.

As time progressed it was realised that the institution and association might better advance engineering in Ireland by amalgamation of both into a single organisation which would represent a broader set of engineering disciplines, discussions commenced in 1965, and resulted in The Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland (Charter Amendment) Act, 1969 leading to the redesignation of the unified institution as The Institution of Engineers of Ireland - Cumann na nInnealtóirí. Since this act the institution has represented all branches of engineering in Ireland.

In 1997 the institution set up the Irish Academy of Engineering, based at Bolton Street, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dublin Institute of Technology
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"The institution promotes the art and science of engineering...", in particular:
"Our members serve society through the highest standards of professional engineering. We seek to improve the quality of life for all, creating prosperity and adding value through innovation and the promotion of health, and sustainable development."


The institution is divided into three sectors; Divisions, Regions, and Societies, which are further subdivided - their purpose is to promote engineering and share knowledge.
  • Divisions: Agriculture and Food; Biomedical; Chemical and Process; Civil; Electrical and Electronic; Energy and Environment; Fire and Safety; ICT; Local Government; Mechanical and Manufacturing; Structures and Construction.

  • Regions: An Ríocht; Cork; Donegal; GB; Midlands; North-East; North; North-West; South-East; Thomond; West.

  • Societies: Academic Society; An Roth; Geotechnical Society; Heritage Society; MEETA Society for Asset Managers; Project Management Society; Roads and Transportation Society; Water and Environmental Engineering Society; Young Engineers Society (Y.E.S).


In accordance with EU
European Union
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 requirements it is the designated authority for the engineering profession in Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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. The institution is a national member of European Federation of National Engineering Associations
European Federation of National Engineering Associations
FEANI is a federation of national professional bodies representing engineering in European countries. Founded in 1951, it aims to promote the recognition, mobility and interests of Europe's engineering profession...

(FEANI). The institution is also a signator to a number of multilateral agreements, these are principally for registered professional titles and accredited engineering programmes, for academic programmes these are:
Year Agreement Qualification Practitioner
1989 The Washington Accord
Washington Accord
The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for professional engineering academic degrees, between the bodies responsible for accreditation in its signatory countries...

An accredited engineering degree
Bachelor of Engineering
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2001 The Sydney Accord
Sydney Accord
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National Diploma
National Diploma
The National Diploma was a three year ab initio specialised higher education qualification in a technology discipline offered by an Institute of Technology or other HETAC designated institution in Ireland....

 in Engineering
2002 The Dublin Accord
Dublin Accord
The Dublin Accord is an agreement for the international recognition of Engineering Technician qualifications. In May 2002 the national engineering organisations of the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa and Canada signed an agreement mutually recognising the qualifications which underpin the...

National Certificate
National Certificate
National Certificate is the name of an educational award in a number of countries, although the actual merit of award is not always the same.-Ireland:...

 in Engineering

The institution is also the signator to a number of bilateral agreements with engineering societies in the United Kingdom. These are for the dual recognition of corressponding Chartered Engineer, Associate Engineer and Engineering Technician grades of the institution.

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