Building Sustainable, Resilient and Thriving Rural Places



EESC European Economic and Social Committee, Ireland

President of Civil Society Organisations Group III


Séamus Boland has been the President of the EESC Diversity Europe Group since October 2020 and an EESC Member since 2011. He has held different roles at the Committee, including the Vice-Presidency of the Diversity Europe Group (2018-2020). In line with his policy and political interests – the eradication of poverty, social exclusion and inequality –, Mr Boland has chaired study groups and was rapporteur for various EESC opinions. Mr Boland currently sits on the SOC and ECO Sections of the Committee as well as on the CCMI. In addition to the Group Presidency, he holds several other roles outside the EESC. Since 2001, he is CEO of Irish Rural Link. Since 2018, he is a Board Member of Inland Fisheries Ireland and since 2012 Chair of Peatlands Council. Mr Boland is a farmer and has worked in civil society for over 40 years. This has included young people, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and rural people living in rural isolation. From 2007-2013, he was a member of the first Press Council of Ireland. He is a trained Speech and Drama Educator.

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