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    Brendan Halligan is currently the Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

    He is also a director of Mainstream Renewable Power, the company seeking to construct a huge wind project in the midlands. Business Profiles and Company Information | ZoomInfo.com

    Is it not a bit dubious that the Chairman of a government body which issues reports on the (in) effectiveness and virtues (sic) of wind energy also directs a private company which seeks to benefit from the content of these reports ?

    He was also the Chairman of Bord Na Mona when it was run like a Soviet style agency in the 1980's.

    We have seen wind farms around the country sold (dumped) to semi-state bodies like Bord Gais for huge sums in the past.

    After a little research I found that he would of had to issue a Statement of Material Concern take the directorship. However the general public has no right to see this document. Does anyone know how this document and it's contents can be verified by an independent source ?

    Brendan has some CV it must be said.


    Chairman of IIEA
    Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Managing Director of CIPA - a public affairs consulting company
    Adjunct Professor of European Affairs (UL),
    Honorary Doctorate of Letters (UCD).
    Former Chairman of Bord na Móna
    Former Member of the European Parliament
    Former TD
    Former General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party

    However asking the fox to mind the chicken coup only works out for the fox.

    And no I will not end my OP with the cliche "Banana Republic" as that would be an unprovoked insult to the good people of Honduras.

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    "Is it not a bit dubious that the Chairman of a government body which issues reports on the (in) effectiveness and virtues (sic) of wind energy also directs a private company which seeks to benefit from the content of these reports ?"

    Yes, looks like a conflict of interest from here. Others might opine that his CV says he has a lot of life experience. Not that it matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rash mulligan View Post
    Brendan Halligan is currently the Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

    He is also a director of Mainstream Renewable Power, the company seeking to construct a huge wind project in the midlands. Business Profiles and Company Information | ZoomInfo.com

    Is it not a bit dubious that the Chairman of a government body which issues reports on the (in) effectiveness and virtues (sic) of wind energy also directs a private company which seeks to benefit from the content of these reports ?

    He was also the Chairman of Bord Na Mona when it was run like a Soviet style agency in the 1980's.

    We have seen wind farms around the country sold (dumped) to semi-state bodies like Bord Gais for huge sums in the past.

    After a little research I found that he would of had to issue a Statement of Material Concern take the directorship. However the general public has no right to see this document. Does anyone know how this document and it's contents can be verified by an independent source ?

    Brendan has some CV it must be said.


    Chairman of IIEA
    Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Managing Director of CIPA - a public affairs consulting company
    Adjunct Professor of European Affairs (UL),
    Honorary Doctorate of Letters (UCD).
    Former Chairman of Bord na Móna
    Former Member of the European Parliament
    Former TD
    Former General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party

    However asking the fox to mind the chicken coup only works out for the fox.

    And no I will not end my OP with the cliche "Banana Republic" as that would be an unprovoked insult to the good people of Honduras.
    Another 'socialist' that will never know unemployment or poverty as he can click his fingers and find a well paid state gig in some shape or form thanks to his political connections .....never mind the various pensions .....sickening
    Is there any Incompetence Scandal or Corruption that would actually make the Irish electorate wake up ....It seems not, so screw em

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    is this the same brendan who headed up one of the unions back in the day, the same brendan who either gave charlie haughy a present of a potrait of haughy, or perhaps it was the other way around.

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    What amazes me the most is that the Irish media never ever thinks of figuring any of this out for years, when it is obvious that it stinks.

    The Irish media - providing PR for those who practice gombeenism. For generations.
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
    What amazes me the most is that the Irish media never ever thinks of figuring any of this out for years, when it is obvious that it stinks.

    The Irish media - providing PR for those who practice gombeenism. For generations.
    Because it is full of supporters for FF, FG or Labour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
    What amazes me the most is that the Irish media never ever thinks of figuring any of this out for years, when it is obvious that it stinks.

    The Irish media - providing PR for those who practice gombeenism. For generations.
    Nub of the problem ...... Irish journalists are all solidly middle class wannabees and/or frustrated politicians , they have no interest in changing or challenging the status quo or highlighting the repugnant level of cronyism and borderline corruption ....not when various favours may be needed or eviction from the small inner circle (that crosses all parties) of Irish society might be the cost
    Is there any Incompetence Scandal or Corruption that would actually make the Irish electorate wake up ....It seems not, so screw em

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin M View Post
    Because it is full of supporters for FF, FG or Labour.
    True but hardly an excuse for falling down on the job.

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