Thursday 22 February 2018

Former Labour TD appointed CEO of the Irish Solar Energy Association

Michael McCarthy CEO of the Irish Solar Energy Association.
Michael McCarthy CEO of the Irish Solar Energy Association.
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Former Labour TD Michael McCarthy has been appointed CEO of the Irish Solar Energy Association.

The body promotes solar energy and represents more than 80 Irish solar energy firms and service providers.

The Irish Solar Energy Association said the appointment of Mr McCarthy will help to drive the advancement of viable solar and renewable energy policies in Ireland.

Welcoming the news, David Maguire, ISEA chairman, said that Mr McCarthy joins the body "at a critical time for our sector as we await policy developments to support the rollout of solar photovoltaic technology."

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From Co Cork, Mr McCarthy, served as a Labour senator for nine years. He was elected a TD for Cork South West in 2011.

From 2012 to 2016, he was chair of the influential Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, which reviewed the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, that became law.

Speaking about his new role, Mr McCarthy said that he looked forward to engaging with politicians and the wider policy community in developing a new regulatory framework for solar energy, an increasingly important renewable energy source.

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