The Celtic Interconnector Community Forum brings together people and organisations from across the project area so that stakeholder and community views can be discussed, understood and properly considered prior to and during project delivery. This community forum will create the opportunity for dialogue between stakeholders with diverse and direct interest in the project and the EirGrid project team.
Irish Rural Link has been appointed as the community forum's independent facilitator.
Irish Rural Link (IRL), formed in 1991, is a national network of organisations and individuals campaigning for sustainable rural development in Ireland and Europe. IRL, a non-profit organisation, now directly represents over 600 community groups with a combined membership of 25,000. The organisation has a long, successful track record in designing and implementing community relations plans for development companies, community organisations, semi-state agencies and Government.
In addition to being a forum for discussing project issues it is anticipated that the forum will play a key role in the governance and administrative structure to be implemented should the project proceed to the next stage of development and the associated Community Benefit for the area be realised.
To begin the process of establishing the forum, Irish Rural Link will host an Information Evening (via Zoom due to the current Covid-19 restrictions) to inform communities and key stakeholders about the forum, its remit and its proposed terms of reference. See the terms of reference here. This is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm and you are welcome to register your attendance here.