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Tuesday 30th March 2021 14:23

Farewell & Thanks

Nick O’Brien is retiring / Peter O’Loghlen
After 43+ years of stellar service to ESB, our colleague and friend Nick O’Brien has decided to call it a day. His last working day will be Tuesday 6th April, ahead of his well-earned retirement in mid-May.
Nick started his apprenticeship with ESB in 1977, reporting to Fleet Street, Dublin City District. He ascended to the ranks in 1981 and was assigned to the Underground Services team. In 1989, South Lotts Road became the new ‘Dublin Central’ HQ. Nick joined the MV/LV UG Construction team there, and his technical & organisational abilities were skilfully applied to works on MV/LV cables and substations. In 2002, he was ‘head hunted’ by Network Projects, where his work-planning, design and strong people skills came to the fore in delivering high-volume asset-replacement programmes across the Dublin Region. In 2005, Nick was ‘re-possessed’ by Dublin Central, to take on a multifarious role that included: overseeing ESB’s inputs to Dublin City Council’s complex roadworks-licensing system; MV site acquisitions; customer claims; forensic investigation and reporting on third-party claims against ESB, at which Nick has excelled. He has evolved through all these roles and discharged them with great distinction. The cliché ‘big shoes to fill’ certainly applies here!
Nick has approached his many challenges, both at work and elsewhere, with an honest, open and practical attitude, liberally peppered with common-sense and good humour. His work and wise counsel are very highly valued by colleagues and management alike. He has been most supportive of everyone he has worked with. Indeed, he has (been) volunteered for sought-after extra-curricular roles, including stints as Premises PIC and Chief Fire Marshall for SLR. He has been up to now the Designated Contact Person in SLR for colleagues’ wishing to raise in confidence their concerns under ESB’s Respect and Dignity charter. Nick has also done great work for the Dublin Region Social & Medical Fund.
So, we salute and thank Nick sincerely for all his outstanding contributions to ESB and colleagues over the past 43 years. He will be greatly missed at work by his many friends in SLR and beyond. He is now looking forward to focusing on his family and other interests, including travel when permitted.
We wish Nick, his wife Jean and their family good health and every happiness for the future.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions it will not be feasible at this time to mark Nick’s retirement in person, but we will do so after restrictions are lifted. A MS-Teams call will be organised around Nick’s official retirement date in mid-May, and details will be advised nearer the time. If you would like to contribute to Nick’s presentation, please contact Caitriona McCann or Paul Cooper or Denis Culhane in South Lotts Road or Peter O’Loghlen in Finglas.