Saturday 20 January 2018

No conflict with Mr Halligan's job

Madam – I read your comments about Brendan Halligan (Sunday Independent, June 23, 2013) and his alleged conflict of interest between being chairman of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and being on the Board of Mainstream Renewable Power.

Brendan is indeed on the board of Mainstream. He occupies a serious position as the Senior Independent Director. He brings a wealth of experience in policy formulation process, in how the EU works, in how ethical business works from a lifetime of experience as a TD, MEP, as the creator of the consultancy business CIPA and as the creator of the IIEA.

He has declared his interest in Mainstream. None of the services offered by SEAI have been availed of by Mainstream. If they were Brendan would have to absent himself from any decision-making forum at SEAI because there would be a conflict of interest.

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