Dick Sweeney is a native of Co. Laois where he received his early education. He graduated as an engineer and was appointed to the Technical Instruction branch in the Department of Education. He was requested by the Minister for Education, Paddy Hillery, to serve as an advisor, and he explains that the period from 1960 – 1967 was a very exciting time in education. He discusses the Commission on Higher Education, Technician Education, the Steering Committee on the Development of the RTCs, the investment in education at the time, and the establishment of the HEA (where he worked for ten years). In the late 1960s he was appointed as primary school inspector and was also chair of the Engineering Architecture Construction group which formulated programmes of construction in the RTCs.