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Eamonn Waldron

Company Chairman

Eamonn is a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years' experience in Project Management, leading teams implementing multidisciplinary infrastructural projects in water, waste water, solid waste management infrastructure and harbour development projects. Eamonn also has extensive experience in the area of compliance with a strong focus on EC Directives, procurement procedure, public consultation, EIA/EIS processes, planning applications and appeals. Quite notably, Eamonn has extensive expertise with regards to An Bord Pleanala ( ABP) hearings for complex projects including a Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) application to ABP for the New Port of Galway which will be the first project in Ireland to be considered under the Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest ( IROPI) process.

Outside of work, Eamonn has a keen interest in motor sport and recently completed a week long historic car rally event from Wenzhou to Shanghai.


Robert Tobin

Managing Director

Robert is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years' experience in the Irish consulting engineering sector. Robert joined TOBIN Consulting Engineers in July 1986, in the position of Project Engineer with responsibility for the design of water and wastewater treatment projects. Until December 2009, Robert served as Department Head of one of the Water Services divisions in the Galway Office, dealing in particular with major infrastructural Water Services Projects, both in the role of Client’s Representative or alternatively as Design Sub Contractor to Tendering Consortia for Design Build and Design Build Operate Contracts.

Robert was appointed Managing Director of TOBIN in 2010 and has developed our company Strategy, charting a plan for the future success of TOBIN, centred on five Core Values: People and Relationships, Sustainability, Innovation, Health and Safety and Commerciality.

Away from work, Robert is a keen supporter of all things related to, or even remotely related to "Connacht Rugby". Robert can be regularly seen at the Galway Sportsgrounds cheering on Andy Friend's charges.


Eamon Connaughton

Company Secretary

Eamon joined TOBIN Consulting Engineers in 2009 as Head of Finance, having previously held senior financial and general management roles in the ICT and Mobile Telephony industry.  After graduating with a B Comm from UCD, Eamon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, before leaving professional practice and moving into industry.  

Over the years, Eamon’s commercial experience has been complemented with a number of postgraduate programs.  Eamon holds an MBA from National University of Ireland, Galway, a Postgraduate Certificate in Business & Executive Coaching from Leeds Beckett University, and an MSc in Management & Corporate Governance from Ulster University.

Eamon is the Commerciality Core Value Champion in TOBIN and has a keen interest in enhancing a culture of commerciality within the organisation, such that value can be added both internally and externally.  

Eamon is married to Evelyn and has three teenage children.  He lives in Claregalway Village where he is actively involved in the local Community Centre and coaches handball.


Damien Grehan

Operations Director

Damien is a Chartered Engineer and currently holds the position of Operations Director of the Energy & Environment division in TOBIN. Damien has over twenty years' experience in the project management of major infrastructural projects and the management of multi-disciplinary environmental and engineering teams, primarily in the fields of energy, waste management and extractive industries. His primary expertise lies in driving large projects from inception through to planning approval and construction, including the preparation of inception reports, feasibility studies, detailed design, assessment of alternatives, site selection reports, route selection reports, environmental impact statements, planning and waste licence applications and contract documents.  

A significant number of the projects which Damien has managed, have involved extensive public consultation entailing briefing forums, stakeholder workshops and statutory consultations which were prepared and conducted in a manner to gather maximum feedback on the project. Damien has also managed and appeared as expert technical witness at a significant number of Oral Hearings.

Outside of work Damien is an avid taxi driver for his four sport mad kids and coaches both football and rugby teams at underage level.


Michael McDonnell

Operations Director

Michael was appointed Operations Director for the TOBIN Building & Infrastrucuture Division in 2016 having worked with the company since graduating from NUIG in 1999. He graduated initially from the Galway and Sligo Institutes of Technology in 1992 and 1993 respectively and followed this with a degree in civil engineering from NUI Galway in 1996. His qualifications were later complemented with a Masters Degree in Engineering Science. Michael has worked on and managed a broad range of projects and is passionate and energetic in delivering all aspects of his work.

Outside of work Michael is a keen gardener who takes pride in the variable and seasonal look of all his beds and borders. While happy to de-stress amongst his own weeds, shrubs and flower beds, Michael’s main aim is to avoid the trees and bunkers on his local golf course and get his handicap down to single figures!


Brian Downes

Operations Director

Brian joined TOBIN in 1990, having previously worked in Dublin City Council (1986-87) and in engineering consultancies in the UK. He has worked with TOBIN in Castlebar, Limerick and, since 2011, Galway.  Brian is a specialist in project management, particularly in the areas of value and risk management, and holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management from the University of Limerick. He has brought these specialist skills and techniques to a wide variety of projects including water services, commercial and residential developments and large infrastructural projects such as the €240m Grid West project, for which he is currently the Lead Consultant Project Manager.  Brian is the TOBIN Water Services Operations Director and also the TOBIN Innovation Core Value Champion.

A keen follower of all sports, outside of work Brian trains an underage soccer team in Limerick, is a member of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club and is a long suffering fan of Galway hurling, Galway United and Tottenham Hotspurs. 


Brendan Mulligan


Brendan has over thirty five years' experience in Consulting Engineering practice. This considerable amount of experience covers Structural Engineering, Risk and Safety Management, Forensic Engineering and Marine & Coastal Engineering. His specific project experience covers a variety of building structures including Municipal, Commercial, Educational and Industrial, as well as varied civil engineering structures such as Water Towers, Underground Tanks, Marinas, Breakwaters, and Bridges. Brendan is currently Risk and Safety Manager for TOBIN, a role he has fulfilled since 2006. In this capacity, he has developed and managed the TOBIN Safety Management System, which achieved accreditation to OHSAS 18001 in 2008. This covers both the safety of TOBIN personnel, and the TOBIN role as designer and PSDP.    

Brendan was actively involved with the Engineers Ireland West Region Committee for over twenty years, serving as Chairman in 1997. He is a member of the Joint Engineers Ireland / ACEI Committee on Construction Safety, and has presented courses on both the Designer and PSDP roles He has also presented papers to the Irish Building Control Institute.

In his spare time, Brendan enjoys walking, cycling, and the occasional round of golf.


Ciaran McGovern

Commercial Director

Ciaran has over twenty years’ experience in civil engineering design and has management responsibility for the Building & Infrastructure division within TOBIN. An expert practitioner on the Public Works Contracts and all aspects of project procurement, Ciaran advises a broad range of clients on procurement and risk strategies in the management of works contracts in both traditional (employer) and design build (DB) forms. He works closely with internal and client multidisciplinary teams to deliver projects in the sports capital, transportation, waste management, civil engineering and building infrastructure sectors. Ciaran has also recently overseen the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into our business, together with the support REVIT systems across each of our offices.

An active Scout leader in his local troop, he can bring a range of pioneering and outdoor camping skills to any project when called upon to do so. If you need a reef knot or clove hitch for any upcoming camping trip, be sure to call Ciaran who can bring forty Cub Scouts (9 – 11 years old), on demand, to any event.


Michael Garrick


Michael Garrick, a native of Athlone, qualified with a First Class Honours BE Degree from NUIG in 1976 and was awarded his M.Eng.Sc. in Hydrology in 1977.  

Michael has acted in the roles of Project Director, Project Manager and Senior Engineer on a wide range of water services and on other major infrastructural projects, including reservoir impoundment works and raw water pumping with bi-directional fish passes at Lough Muckno, and on Water Treatment Works at Lough Mask, both of which included large diameter high pressure watermains in pre-stressed concrete and ductile iron, together with design of surge protection measures.

He has managed the preparation of Traffic Management Plans for the transport and placement of 500,000 cu.m of peat between the Bellanaboy Gas Terminal and the Bord na Móna Srahmore site in Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo from 2004 to 2007. 

He has acted as a guest lecturer on the International Post Graduate Course in Hydrology at NUIG throughout the 1980s, and continues to act as Guest Lecturer on the Final Year BE Engineering Hydraulics course. 

Michael was a member of the Ireland delegation, in a joint Northern Ireland and Ireland study group on Environmental Policymaking, that visited the United States in December 2009, under a joint programme of Boston College and the United States State Department.

He is currently the project manager for the Water Supply Project – Eastern and Midlands Region, having previously acted as the Lead Consultant Project Manager on the EirGrid 'Grid West' Project, up to August 2013.

Outside of work, one of Michael’s main interests is astronomy. 


John Kelly


John joined TOBIN in 1976, having qualified from UCD.  John has covered a wide range of commercial, residential, community, amenity and infrastructural developments across the country with primary focus afforded to Dublin, Louth, Cavan, Sligo and Mayo. More recently, he has concentrated on Galway City and County.  He has designed, obtained  planning and finance approval and project managed the construction of:  Industrial, Office, Retail, Catering, Hotel, Sports/ Leisure, Airport and Harbour.  He has looked after property purchase, legal and due diligence for public and private housing, religious and educational buildings, amenity developments and sports field/training facilities. 

Some of the projects that John has been involved with includes the following:  Galway City Housing (Newcastle to Cappagh and Ballinfoile to Roscam), Galway City West Retail and Industrial, Galway Regional Sports Centre, Galway Mosque Ballybrit, GAA Connacht Centre of Excellence Ballyhaunis, National Park Diamond Hill, National Sports Centre Pitches in Abbotstown, FAI Terryland Park, Galway Airport, Galway Harbour Enterprise Park and the Galway Harbour Extension. 

John has a broad range of interests in people, nature, landscape, Irish language, history, sports, politics and community development.


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