Local Area Plans

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015

local-area-planLocal Area Plans for Cork and the Draft Clare Development Plan

Cork County Council has commenced the process of preparing the 8 new Municipal District Local Area Plans. Public Consultation on State One of the process runs from 14th December 2015 until 25th January. The Municipal Plans will replace the current Electoral Area Local Area Plans and will likely replace the existing Town Development Plans adopted by the former Town Councils of Cobh, Clonakilty, Fermoy, Kinsale, Macroom, Mallow, Midleton, Skibbereen and Youghal.

The Preliminary Consultation Document highlights aspects of the current plans where a change is being considered. See http://corklocalareaplans.com/.

County Clare has published its draft County Development Plan, at


and submissions to the plan can be made up to 29th February.

It is important for people who will be affected by either Plan to get involved so that relevant issues can be considered in the future planning strategy.

FT has extensive experience in making Development Plan and Local Area Plan submissions. Acting as stakeholder advocates, FT can provide an integrated approach to Development Plan and Local Area Plan representation.

Combining planning, ecology, hydrology and GIS expertise, FT can review how the plan impacts or may impact on key assets and develop a case to protect and or enhance your property asset.

For more information and to learn about the importance of early engagement in to the planning process contact or senior planner Jim Hughes at jim.hughes@nullftco.ie

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Innovative software now freely available

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015


Software is made available to calculate gas flow across a range of control valves or to select appropriate valves based on design flows.  FT are making this software available for free for use, please contact Sinead Timoney at sinead.timoney@nullftco.ie for more information on acquiring copies of the software.

FT innovative software to calculate Landfill Gas Flow freely available

gasflow2Head loss characteristic curves are not available for many valves used in the landfill industry. FT developed and produced a set of head-loss curves and operator design tools for flow control valves used to control landfill gas extraction. FT developed spreadsheet algorithms to calculate flow from head-loss observations across the valve to 95% accuracy.  This gives the user (e.g. landfill operator) flow data to support balancing of landfill gas extraction from existing data capture methodologies which can also be used support commonly used balancing software e.g. rungas© or similar.
An innovative ‘design tool’ was also developed to generate a list of suitable valves for a given design flow and desired control range as shown in the figure below to support design of landfill gas collection systems in historical landfills with a low gas yield.

For more information contact Sinead Timoney at sinead.timoney@nullftco.ie


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NRA Standards update alert – November 2015

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015



The November 2015 updates to the NRA DMRB, NRA MCDRW and NRA TB Series are as set out in the attached tables. These updates follow on from a previous set of updates released earlier this year in August (also attached).

These documents are all dated November 2015: they were uploaded onto the NRA Standards website on 1 December 2015. The effective date of these documents should be taken as 1 December 2015.

As always the latest Standards are available on the NRA standards website and should always be used as your sole reference for checking standards. This will ensure that you are using the most up to date set for your designs.


TB changes November 2015 (pdf)

NRA IAN changes August 2015 (pdf)

MCDRW changes November 2015 (pdf)

MCDRW changes August 2015 (pdf)

DMRB changes November 2015 (pdf)

DMRB changes August 2015 (pdf)

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New staff at FT

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015



We’ve been busy… Fehily Timoney are delighted to introduce our new staff.

As we look forward to an exciting year in 2016 we would like to introduce our new team members. Our new staff significantly strengthen existing services in engineering design, waste management, ecology, noise assessment, flood analysis, environmental management, planning, and Data Management.


Simon Grennan – Environmental Scientist

Simon joined FT in October 2015 and is working as an Environmental Scientist on the Waste and Resource Management team. Simon holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from Trinity College. Prior to taking up his current role, Simon worked as an Environmental Inspector on behalf of Dublin City Council, he has also gained valuable experience working as an Environmental Technician for the EPA and as a Junior Consultant for CDM Smith.


Edwina White – Environmental Scientist

Edwina White joined FT’s Energy and Environment Team as a Project Scientist in April 2015.  Edwina holds a first class honours Bachelor of Science from National University of Ireland, Cork and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA).  Edwina specialises in Renewable Energy and in particular, feasibility studies and the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and planning applications.  Previously, Edwina was employed as a Project Manager with SSE Renewables working on the development of large scale wind farms across the island of Ireland.


Jon Kearney – Ecologist

Jon is a senior ecologist at Fehily Timoney and Company with over 10 year’s experience in both the UK and Ireland. Jon holds a BSc in Applied Ecology from University College Cork and MSc in Ecological Management and Biological Conservation from Queens University Belfast. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM). Jon has provided expert witness testimony at several Bord Pleanála oral hearings. He has considerable experience of EIS and ecological constraints work, which often includes extensive reference to, and interpretation of, Article 6 of ‘The Habitats Directive’, and to other EU, UK and Irish conservation legislation. Previously Jon was the lead ecologist with Malachy Walsh and Partners for over five years.



Robin Winkel – Engineer

Robin Winkel joined FT’s Infrastructure team as Project Engineer in March 2015.  Robin is an engineer with expertise in drainage and flood risk, and has experience working in a range of engineering and environmental disciplines. Robin has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering (2008) and is a member of Engineers Ireland. Previously Robin has been working in the UK, based primarily on land restoration projects.



Aidan Rooney – Environmental Scientist


Aidan joined the FT Waste & Resources Management Section as a Senior Scientist in October 2015. Aidan has extensive project experience in waste management, contaminated land investigations, air quality investigations, planning, EIA and environmental applications in both Ireland and Australia. Aidan holds a BSc in Environmental Science and Technology and prior to joining FT was employed as Environmental Manager & Principal for Site Environmental and Remediation Services in Perth, Australia.



Siún McCarthy – Planner

Siún joined FT’s Environment Team in November 2015 as a Graduate Planner.  Siún is a fully qualified town planner holding a Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development from University College Cork.  Her background is generally in development management, on completion of her masters she interned with An Bord Pleanála, and then moved to Bath to work with the Local Planning Authority as a Planning Enforcement Officer.  Siún is a licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, currently working towards MRTPI and is a graduate member of the Irish Planning Institute.



Shane Fitzpatrick – Engineer

Shane joined FT in May 2015 as a project engineer working in the Structures department. He graduated from NUIG in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Engineers Ireland. Shane has built up experience working as a structural engineer on the design and construction of concrete and steel structures as well as deep excavations, working previously with a structural consultancy in London.


Kenneth Hayes – Engineer

Kenneth joined FT in September 2015 Kenneth has been working as a Senior Project Engineer within the Energy Planning Department. Kenneth has a Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and recently completed a diploma in Project Management. He is both a member of Engineers Ireland and Engineers Australia. Kenneth has extensive experience working on major civil and environmental projects both in Ireland and overseas.


Jim Hughes – Planner

Jim joined FT as a planning specialist in November 2015.  Jim is a Town Planner with expertise in planning law, EIA, mixed use commercial, retail, waste and energy planning. Jim has a Masters Degree in Town & Country Planning, a Diploma in EIA / SEA Management and is a corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute.



Gary Lock – IT & GIS

Gary joined FT’s Data Management team as a GIS/IT Technician in September 2015. He recently completed a Masters Degree in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing and a Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology at UCC. Gary also majored in geography and history as part of the Liberal Arts programme at Mary Immaculate College, with a particular interest in human geography, sustainable development and the urban landscape. As well as working on a part-time basis in the retail sector from 2008 to 2015, Gary worked as an IT Assistant in the college’s IT Services Department as part of the third year work placement programme.



Linda O’Shea – Health, Safety, Quality and Environment Specialist

Linda joined FT in July 2015 as HSQE Manager. She is responsible for the implementation and continuous improvement of the company’s management systems in accordance with ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001. Linda is also responsible for ensuring the company’s adherence to the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013.  She has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in the application of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Legislation, primarily in the Construction Industry and most recently while working for Irish Water in the Utilities Sector. Having worked for RPS as a Health and Safety Consultant, Linda has a proven track record in the Health and Safety Management of a large number of projects of varying sizes and complexities with a proven ability to motivate and influence project teams in the area of design safety. Linda holds a BSc. In Building Management and a Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) and is a graduate member of IOSH.



Silvia Garcia – Environmental Scientist

Silvia Garcia joined FT as a project scientist in October 2015. As part of the Environmental Planning team she has worked mainly in Noise Impact and shadow flickering assessment for wind farms but also she has been involved in other Energy and Waste management projects. Silvia holds a MSc. in Physics from Complutense University of Madrid and a MSc. in Environmental Sciences from UCD with a particular specialisation in wind energy. Previously she worked for 5 years in the wind industry as a wind engineer for Gamesa in Spain.



John Ryan – Engineer

John joined the FT’s Infrastructure Team in June 2015. John is a Chartered Engineer with over nine years’ experience since graduating from UCC. He has experience in highways, bridges, canals, wind farms, flood water consultancy & construction having undertaken project management, conceptual designs & detailed designs for a wide range of projects.  Based in the Cork office, his current project management position is backed up by extensive design & site experience.  John previously worked with Grontmij in the UK for seven years.



For more information on FT Services:

Bernie Guinan, Director, ( Bernie.Guinan@nullftco.ie )


For recruitment opportunities check our website regularly


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Road Schemes are moving again

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015

Back row (standing) left to right: Mr. Ger Carey - Midwest NRDO, Mr. Martin Cahill – P&D Lydon (Phase 2 Contractor), Mr. Kieran Kissane – Fehily Timoney, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan TD, Mr. Seamas Collins – Barnagh Road Action Group, Cllr Liam Galvin – Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Garda Inspector Brian O’Donovan, Mr. Ronan Macken – P&D Lydon, Cllr Mike Finucane. Front row left to right: Mr. Martin Joyce - P&D Lydon, Mr. Paul Bergin – Kilgallen & Partners, Mr. John Nolan – Fehily Timoney and Mr. Declan Lydon – P&D Lydon.

Back row (standing) left to right: Mr. Ger Carey – Midwest NRDO, Mr. Martin Cahill – P&D Lydon (Phase 2 Contractor), Mr. Kieran Kissane – Fehily Timoney, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan TD, Mr. Seamas Collins – Barnagh Road Action Group, Cllr Liam Galvin – Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Garda Inspector Brian O’Donovan, Mr. Ronan Macken – P&D Lydon, Cllr Mike Finucane.
Front row left to right: Mr. Martin Joyce – P&D Lydon, Mr. Paul Bergin – Kilgallen & Partners, Mr. John Nolan – Fehily Timoney and Mr. Declan Lydon – P&D Lydon.

Opening of the N21 Killarney Pole to Barnagh, Road Safety Scheme

The official opening of the N21 Killarney Pole to Barnagh Road Safety Scheme to traffic took place on November 26th 2015. The opening was officiated by Cllr. Liam Galvin, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick and attended by a number of officials of Limerick City & County Council, Midwest NRDO, local public representatives and an Garda Siochana.

Fehily Timoney (FT) was appointed by Limerick CCC and Midwest NRDO as Employers Representative for the construction and handover stages of Phase 2 of the project. Phase 1 was completed in March 2013 under a previous contract. Construction began in February 2015 and lasted 10 months, finishing ahead of schedule. FT performed the duties of Contract Administration, PSDP, Designer and Resident Engineer on the project.




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Wind Farm Design & Construction in Scotland

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015


Fehily Timoney & Farrans Construction are six months into the design & construction of the €420 million Kilgallioch Wind Farm Project for Scottish Power Renewables, a unit of Iberdrola. Kilgallioch Windfarm, near Stranraer, Scotland has a site area of 32km2 and contains 70km of internal tracks and 96 Gamesa turbines. The 239MW wind farm will power 130,000 homes making it the second largest onshore windfarm in the UK. This land mark project is expected to be fully operational by 2017 with nearly £30m of funding provided to local community projects over its 25 years lifespan.

See also: http://www.scottishpowerrenewables.com/pages/kilgallioch.asp

windfarm02Access track construction, timber felling works and concreting of turbine bases is all well under way with an anticipated 12 months civils build programme. Including wind turbine deliveries, erection and commissioning works the overall build programme is 26 months.

Fehily Timoney’s role includes the design of the 96 turbine bases, 70 km of access tracks, associated drainage, bridges, a substation & compound, met masts and design for various other civil works.

For more information contact John Nolan, FT Director john.nolan@nullftco.ie


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Focus On Quality

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015

focus-on-qualityFollowing an intensive four day audit with auditors from the NSAI, Fehily Timoney & Co. have been successfully recommended for registration to ISO9001:2015 (Quality) and ISO14001:2015 (Environment). As these two standards were only published in September, we are amongst the first organisations in the Ireland and Europe to be registered to them.

Implementation of the new standards commenced in Fehily Timoney in February 2015 and has involved great commitment from all levels of staff. This revised ISO9001 standard puts greater emphasis on organisation quality and further promotes:

  • Increased weight on top management engagement (Clause 5)
  • Managing change (Clause 6)
  • Performance and evaluation (Clause 9)
  • Management review (Clause 9)
  • Risk-based approach (Clause 6)

Key changes to the ISO14001 standard relate to:

  • Increased prominence of environmental management within the organisation’s strategic planning processes
  • Greater focus on leadership
  • Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation
  • Improving environmental performance added
  • Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects
  • Addition of a communications strategy

Fehily Timoney & Co. has also been successful in retaining our OHSAS18001:2007 (Health and Safety) registration. Revision to this standard is likely to be published by ISO in the Spring of 2016. Implementation of the revised standard is an objective for Fehily Timoney & Co. for the coming year.

Fehily Timoney have been registered to ISO9001:2000 since 2001, to ISO14001:2004 since 2004 and OHSAS18001:2007 since 2009. Our registrations help the improve company quality achieve International quality recognition, and enhance customer satisfaction with our services.


For more information contact Linda O’Shea, QEHS Manager, linda.oshea@nullftco.ie



For more Information on revised ISO Standards see:

ISO9001:2015(Quality)  |  ISO14001:2015 (Environment).

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