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.
The purpose of the forum is to ensure that stakeholder and community views are understood and properly considered prior to and during project delivery. The group will provide a forum for dialogue between stakeholders with interests in the project and the project team. Community Forum members will also be invited to input on the design and implementation of the Community Benefit Fund.
To express an interest in participating in the Celtic Interconnector Community Forum please complete the Expression of Interest form available at this link.
Since April a high number of expressions of interest for participation in the forum were received from groups and individuals in the East Cork area. A second meeting was held on Tuesday 22 June where a proposed approach was presented to communities with regard to how best to convene a representative forum that would meet everyone’s needs.
Nominations for forum members are now requested from communities and groups. These are to be submitted here.
The last date for receiving a nomination is the 26 July 2021.
If you have any questions about the forum or the project, please contact Michelle Walsh on email@example.com or by phone on 085 870 4999
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.