He'll be working with relevant groups affected by closure of power plants in the midlands.
A former director general of the Workplace Relations Commission is being appointed as the Just Transition Commissioner.
Kieran Mulvey will work with relevant groups affected by the imminent ending of peat harvesting in the midlands.
The commissioner will make recommendations and report to government through the Environment Minister.
It follows today's announcement that the ESB will close its power plants in Shannonbridge and Lanesboro in December 2020.
SIPTU Energy Sector Organiser Willie Noone is welcoming the appointment of the commissioner - but worries it might be too late: