Posted in the public interest from a comment in thejournal.ie
Brendan Halligan is the chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. As chairman of the SEIA, he plays a pivotal role in shaping Government policy and incentivising renewable energy, and is privy to sensitive information.
In 2007 Mr Halligan was appointed as a director of Mainstream Renewable Energy Ltd, a wind energy company founded by his friend and business associate Eddie O’Connor a position he still holds while simultaneously acting as chairman of SEAI. He then invested just over €500,000 in buying shares in the company in August 2008.
Mainstream has now signed up hundreds of farmers across the Irish Midlands as part of it’s plan to export wind energy to Britain.and has been busy lobbying Mr Rabbitte, who is also Mr Halligan’s former colleague.
Brendan Halligan is also the Chairman and founder of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA). The following is taken from the IIEA website, “The IIEA provides a unique forum in Ireland for corporate networking. It annually hosts over 100 events which afford its members unparalleled access to the highest-level speakers, decision-makers, and thought-leaders at national, EU and global level.”
Foundation Members to the IIEA is €12,000 a year, please see attached list of members.
BANK OF IRELAND TREASURY
BORD NA MONA PLC
DELOITTE & TOUCHE
DUBLIN AIRPORT AUTHORITY
GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL
IRISH FARMERS ASSOCIATION
IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL
NATIONAL TREASURY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
PIONEER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LTD.
SHELL E&P IRELAND LTD
It sure is a small world.