Community & Agricultural Liaison Officers

On the ground, to answer your questions

EirGrid is a state-owned company that plans and operates the electricity transmission grid. We are responsible for a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity, now and in the future. When we develop the power grid in a region, the whole community benefits. To do that, new lines have to be put in place and that can only happen when we work closely with local farmers and landowners.

EirGrid have appointed four Agricultural Liaison Officers who are available to discuss the siting of new lines and cables, land access and proximity payments.

By planning ahead and developing the national grid, EirGrid want local economies across Ireland to grow and develop. We want to work with you to make that happen.

John Boylan

Agricultural Liaison Officer, North Eastern/Eastern Region

John operated a dairy farm business very successfully for 40 years. As a leading member of the IFA, John has specific experience in dealing with farming organisations and a track record in understanding stakeholder perspectives. As the IFA National Farm Business Committee’s chief negotiator, John engaged with various stakeholders over many years. John also wrote for the Irish Milk League, for the Irish Farmers Journal. He has a keen interest in renewable energy business and agriculture, and the role they play in helping Ireland to economic recovery.

To contact:

Phone +353 (0)85 877 2957 or email john.boylan@eirgrid.com.

Sean Kenny

Agricultural Liaison Officer, Southern Region

Sean has over 18 years' experience working in the agriculture sector and has worked as wayleave co-ordinator within the landowner engagement team in EirGrid since 2010. Sean was recently involved in dealing with landowners on the ground in the South West region. Sean’s previous experience includes engagement with farmers on a daily basis while holding roles with Irish Sugar, with Teagasc on agricultural research projects and with Mouchel on road infrastructure projects.

To contact:

Phone +353 (0)85 708 9595 or email sean.kenny@eirgrid.com.

Grainne Duffy

Community Liaison Officer, North Eastern/Eastern Region

Grainne, who is a native of Co Monaghan is our Community Liaison Officer for the North Eastern/Eastern region. Grainne has over 12 years' experience in the telecommunications infrastructure industry having previously worked for Ireland's largest mobile and broadband operators. Prior to joining EirGrid, she worked with landowners, farmers and community stakeholders across the country, to discuss any issues or concerns they had regarding the siting of telecommunications infrastructure. This involved active engagement with property owners throughout all stages of the projects from acquisition and planning to construction.

Grainne is available to meet stakeholders throughout the region.

To contact:

Phone +353 (0)85 887 4798 or email grainne.duffy@eirgrid.com.

Aidan Naughton

Agricultural Liaison Officer, Western/Midlands/North-Eastern Region

Aidan, from Co Roscommon, is actively involved in farming and has 20 years’ experience in landowner engagement work on the ESB Telecoms national fibre rollout and ESB national refurbishment projects. His previous experience also includes eleven years working with Ireland's mobile telecoms operators - Meteor, Vodafone and Hutchinson 3G - acquiring sites for the rollout of their 3G/4G Networks and liaising with landowners and stakeholders across the country to deliver and manage the sites from acquisition and planning through to construction.

To contact:

Phone +353 (0)86 172 0156 or email aidan.naughton@eirgrid.com.

Liam Wynne

Agricultural Liaison Officer, Northern Region

Liam comes from a farming background, and has over 10 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, having worked as a liaison officer on various projects for Ireland’s largest telecoms providers. Liam’s previous experience includes working with landowners, site providers, farmers and stakeholders across the country for the provision of telecommunications infrastructures. Through engagement, Liam successfully delivered and managed projects from acquisition and planning through to construction for Vodafone, Hutchinson 3G and Meteor Mobile Communications.  

To contact:

Phone +353 (0) 87 2261804 or email liam.wynne@eirgrid.com

Fergal Keenan

Agricultural Liaison Officer, Northern Ireland

Fergal has a farming background with over 20 years’ experience in the area of landowner liaison and assisting with construction projects in the water / gas utilities and renewable energy sector. Fergal previously worked for Wind NI working with landowners on the siting of medium sized wind turbines and for Bord Gais in the role of Agricultural Liaison Officer working on the largest ever pipeline project carried out in Northern Ireland bringing natural gas from Belfast to Derry.

To contact:

Phone +44 (0)28 907 94336 or email fergal.keenan@eirgrid.com