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April/May 2013 www.esb.ie/em ESB Networks Ltd ESB Networks Ltd June/July 2012 www.esb.ie/em ESB Networks Customer Care Centre (NCCC) Outstanding Performance page 25 Jerry O’Sullivan, MD, appointed to European Technology Platform 8 Jerry O’Sullivan, MD ESB Networks Ltd, has been appointed to the European Technology Platform (ETP) for Smart Grids. His appointment to this highly influential body reflects the international profile of ESB Networks’ expertise in smart networks development and is a significant opportunity to influence European R&D agendas and smart grid direction, over the coming years. The ETPs were established in late 2003 in response to the EU’s call for industry-lead forums to identify specific key research priorities in areas where there is both a need for solutions and the potential to boost European competitiveness, economic growth and employment. Over the past decade the ETPs have grown in their role and stature as R&D strategy and effective resourcing have come to be necessary for European recovery. These sector specific bodies develop strategic research agendas (SRAs) which address the technical and non-technical barriers to a critical mass of innovation. The ETPs are widely acknowledged to heavily influence the allocation of EU funding and promote partnerships (PPPs) and private investment programmes (PIPs). EU Framework Programme (FP) funding has delivered nearly €70m in R&D funding over the past 10 years. With a budget of over €80m for 2014-2020, the role of the current ETPs Steering Committee, Jerry O'Sullivan, MD ESB Networks Ltd, who was recently appointed to European Technology Platform. on which Jerry now sits, will be to advise the EU as to where this resource will prove most effective. As FP funding is generally matched by other public or private funds, the ETPs also have a key role in mobilising private finance for projects. ETP membership reflects industry-wide stakeholders with relevant insight into the devel- opmental needs of the industry and a clear dedication to its sustainability and success. Jerry’s appointment is a valuable recognition of the leadership and commitment of ESB Networks to Smart Network development and recognition of ESB Networks’ international record of delivery and technical expertise. ■ Tullamore Special Achievement, 5000 days since last Lost Time Incident (LTI) lamore CS Kevin Scally, on behalf of the staff was presented with an Excellence in Safety certificate by John McManus (CSM Dublin North) 5000 days, or almost 14 years without an LTI is a very special achievement that is a source of pride to Tullamore staff, both serving and retired. Tullamore Depot which has a staff of more than 30, is one of only a few locations to achieve this milestone. The achievement was made possible by the great team spirit of all the staff in Tullamore. The staff intent to stretch this record into the future and we wish them well. ■ 21 xxx section, pages 34-35 Contents ❱❱ ■ Undergrounding of networks on New Ross Quays Overhead cables are replaced with underground cables along the quays in New Ross as part of the town’s preparations for its JFK Homecoming Festival this summer. ■ ESB Networks Customer Care Centre (NCCC) Outstanding Performance Outstanding performance of front line services is a critical factor to the success of our business ■ Five Killarney staff clock up 186 years! Five Killarney staff recently retired with a total service between them of 186 years ■ My Experience on the Trainee Engineer Programme Paul Connors,a former apprentice with ESB Networks, has taken the opportunity to switch to become an engineering student ■ Supporting special needs in Kerry Cúnamh Iveragh has purchased an eight-bedroom house in Caherciveen, which will be used as a day centre, a respite house and, eventually, a residential location for adults with special needs. 5,000 days since their last LTI (lost time incident) ESB Tullamore Staff celebrating 5000 days since the last LTI. 'The Magnificent Seven'- The management team of Eddie Reilly CSS, John McManus CSM Dublin North, Ray Meegan Area Manager Tullamore, Kevin Scally Construction Manager, PJ Rice STSS, Richard King NBSS and Pat Nugent CSS Finglas celebrating the Tullamore Staff's 5000 days since the last LTI. Congratulations to ESB Networks staff in Tullamore for reaching 5,000 days since their last LTI (lost time incident) The safety milestone was passed on January 28th this year and the staff, along with their supervisors, managers and STSS team took time out to mark the occasion and to reflect on the years of working without any LTIs. Congratulations and messages of well done were sent to the staff from all parts of the business. To mark this record achievement, Tul- Mary Moyles, ESB Tullamore Staff proudly displaying their award for the achievement of 5000 days since the last LTI. ESB Tullamore Staff members, Barry Hayes, Bernard Camon and John Joyce celebrating their success. Saving the swans! ESB Networks Technician Jim McNally uses his wildlife skills page 24 http://www.esb.ie/em http://www.esb.ie/em

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