EirGrid chairman designate John O’Connor will be appearing before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications this morning to outline the approach he proposes to take to develop the commercial state company charged with managing the National Grid.

Chairman of the committee, Deputy John O’Mahony, said: “The meeting is a welcome opportunity for our committee to engage with the chairman designate of EirGrid on his vision for the company. He will have the opportunity to outline what he sees as the priorities and challenges for the commercial state company in the immediate period ahead and into the future.

“The meeting will serve to contribute to transparency in appointments to State boards and a transcript of the discussion will be sent to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to assist in his final decision in the appointment process.”

Separately, the committee will meet with EirGrid CEO Fintan Slye on Wednesday to consider in detail how regional community concerns around the upgrade to the National Grid can be addressed.

AgriLand will be reporting live.