A tribute to the Eddie O’Connor I knew, one of Ireland’s greatest entrepreneurs

John Fitzgerald, the Supernode chief executive, writes about his time working with the wind energy pioneer, who died last weekend at the age of 76

Eddie O’Connor reached the top of the semi-state ladder with Bord Na Móna, becoming chief executive in 1987

Dr Eddie O’Connor was years – sometimes decades – ahead in his thinking on Ireland’s enormous potential for renewable energy and the possible commercial benefits to the country of reaping them.

I had the pleasure to work closely with Eddie in recent years. He was a rare and amazing person with great intelligence, vision, vitality, courage, and resolve. He generated great shareholder value in the businesses he created and gave great leadership to many.

Eddie ...