The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, T.D., has today (Tuesday the 12th of November) announced the appointment of a new Chairperson Designate to the Board of EirGrid, Mr Brendan Tuohy.
Welcoming the appointment, Minister Bruton noted the significant leadership experience Mr Tuohy will bring to the role. The Minister also thanked the outgoing Chairperson of Eirgrid, John O'Connor, whose term has coincided with rapid change in the electricity sector, and saw the launch of the Integrated Single Electricity Market last year.
Minister Bruton said,
"Brendan joins Eirgrid at a really exciting time. The Climate Action Plan commits to moving to 70% renewable electricity by 2030. This will have a transformational impact on our electricity grid. Brendan, with his intimate knowledge of the energy sector in Ireland will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role."
The Minister also extended his thanks to the Public Appointments Service for its role in delivering the open, competitive process which continues to provide high calibre appointees to State boards.
The appointment is for a period of five years.
Notes to Editors
The appointment was made using the Public Appointments Service (PAS) selection process, in accordance with the "Guidelines for Appointments to State Boards", which were published by the Government in November 2014.
Arrangements will be made for Mr Tuohy to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment in line with revised Government procedures for proposed Chairpersons of State Boards.
Mr Brendan Tuohy
Brendan Tuohy is an Engineer by profession with over 40 years relevant experience in both the public and private sectors. He has over 15 years at senior level in the Government Department responsible for the Energy Sector. He was Secretary General of the Department of Public Enterprise from 2000 to 2002 and the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources from 2002 to 2007.