Owners & Directors

(L to R) John King, Shane Gillece, Eric Kinsella, Stephen McCabe, Jim Curley

(L to R) John King, Shane Gillece, Eric Kinsella, Stephen McCabe, Jim Curley

Eric Kinsella

Group Executive Chairman

Jim Curley

Group Chief Executive

John King

Group Finance Director

Stephen McCabe

Group Director Electrical

Shane Gillece

Group Director Mechanical


Eric Kinsella

Eric Kinsella

Eric Kinsella is founder, majority shareholder and Executive Chairman of Jones Engineering Group, an International Engineering Construction Group based in Dublin, which provides mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, fire protection and maintenance solutions for World class clients throughout Europe and the Middle East. The Group, currently employing over 2,400 people, also provides technical specialists, experienced supervisors and project management personnel on medium term assignment to its International Client base.

Eric is also founder and owner of Esprit Investments Ltd., an Irish investment and property development company. He is founder and owner of SARL Esprit du Midi, a French investment and property development company.

Eric is a Chartered Engineer and a Graduate of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London. He is an MSc Graduate of Trinity College Dublin, awarded in 1970. Together with his wife Barbara, he has made substantial gifts to Trinity College Dublin in the areas of student study facilities and engineering scholarships. He is also a member of the advisory council to the Provost at Trinity College, Dublin

Jim Curley

Jim is the second largest shareholder and CEO of Jones Engineering Group.

Jim, a Chartered Engineer joined the company (H. A. O’Neil) in 1978. He progressed from Project Engineer to Senior Contracts Manager and became a Director of H. A. O’Neil in 1989. He was part of the management buy-out and formation of Jones Engineering Group in 1993.

He is a former Chairman of the Republic of Ireland branch of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Council Member of CIBSE in London. He is a recipient of the Bronze medal from CIBSE for his service to the Institute.

He has served as President of MEBSCA and M&ECA and as a member of the Executive Council of the CIF.

Jim is currently deputy chairperson of the Procurement, Tendering & Contractual Matters Committee of the CIF.

During the last five years he has overseen the successful completion by Jones Engineering Group teams of almost €3billion worth of projects ranging from the medical, commercial, industrial, semi-conductor, data centre and power & energy sectors. Almost half of which was overseas.

Jim along with the Jones Group Chairman Eric Kinsella, have watched over the Group as it has grown from a Irl £18m per annum organisation to a firm turning over in excess of €500m, with operations in over 13 countries across Europe and the Middle East.

In both his business and private affairs Jim continues the tradition of Jones Engineering Group supporting in a significant and meaningful way education at third level and apprenticeships.

John King

John is Group Finance Director and Company Secretary, with overall responsibility for the financial, purchasing and IT operations of Jones Engineering Group. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.

Having qualified with KPMG in Dublin, John spent several years working with KPMG in Philadelphia. On his return to Ireland in 1991 he was seconded to the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications as a financial advisor for three years. John then joined Fujitsu Microelectronics Ireland Limited as Finance Director until 2000. Since then he had similar roles in the Technology Sector before joining the Jones Engineering Group in late 2008.

In recent years, John has been key to the Group’s diversification and growth strategies, through the establishment of several new companies and joint ventures, both at home and abroad.

Stephen McCabe

Stephen joined H. A. O’ Neil in 1987 and has worked for the Group for over 25 years. He is currently Group Director and shareholder. He holds a Masters Degree in Building Services Engineering, is a member of Engineers Ireland and ASHRAE and has worked across all sectors of the industry.

In 1999 Stephen was appointed Director of H. A. O’ Neil with overall responsibility for the company’s Commercial HVAC Division. This Division, under Stephens’ direction has delivered large and complex projects including St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Point Village Development and The Grand Canal Theatre.

In 2010 Jones Engineering expanded into the UK and Saudi Arabia. As Director of operations for overseas development Stephen was responsible for the establishment of the Group in Saudi Arabia and the UK. Over the last three years the Group has completed a number of complex projects including Almarai Infant Nutritional Plant and Eton Manor in the Olympic Village, London.

In 2012, with the establishment of Jones Celtic BioEnergy Stephen has been central to the development of this new division within the Group. This division provides a complete solution for the generation of renewable energy from biodegradable sources. Current projects include Fife Council, BDR Shanks and Milton Keynes.

In 2013, Stephen was appointed a Director of the electrical division of Jones Engineering Group.

Shane Gillece

Shane joined H. A. O’Neil in 1990 and is currently Group Director and shareholder. He joined as a Design Co-ordinator, and progressed quickly to the position of Contracts Manager. He has been involved in a number of our flagship Industrial and Process projects including Wyeth, BMS, IBM, Cuisine de France, Hewlett Packard, and the semi conductor industry.

Shane has overall responsibility for our Industrial and Process Mechanical Division and was appointed to the Board of H. A. O’Neil in 2008.

In 2013 Shane was appointed Director of the Mechanical Division of Jones Engineering Group.

Ray Murphy

Ray is Director of Surveying for Jones Engineering Group.

He is a member of the Association of Cost Engineers and an Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators. Ray has extensive experience across the construction industry.

He was previously a Director of Jones Engineering in the UK and has extensive overseas experience in Africa.

John Hartnett

John joined O’Sheas Electrical in 1978. He was appointed as a Director in 1988. In 1998, O’Sheas Electrical was acquired by Jones Engineering Group and John also became a Director of Patrick Lynch Ltd. In 2003, he joined the main Board of the Jones Engineering Group taking overall responsibility for the company’s Electrical Division. Throughout his 45 year career, John has worked for a wide variety of clients including Pfizer, Marathon Petroleum, Intel Microsoft, Conoco Philips and Centocor Biologics.

In 2010, Jones Engineering Group established operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. As Director of Jones Engineering Saudi Arabia Ltd and living in the Kingdom, John has played a pivotal role in our expansion throughout the Middle East.

Tim Ferris

Tim began his career in Jones Engineering Group as a Contracts Manager with the Electrical Division in 2006.

With almost 30 years’ experience working in the Electrical contracting business with other contractors and with Jones Engineering, both internationally and nationally he brings valuable experience to our team. In this time, he has completed an impressive portfolio of projects in countries such as Spain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, the United Kingdom and in Ireland where he worked on projects in the following sectors – Hotel & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Pharmaceutical, Bio pharma, Data centres and Health care to name a few.

In 2012 Tim was appointed General Manager of O’Shea’s Electrical and in 2013 he was appointed as a Director. In this role he has the overall responsibility for the management and future development of O’Sheas.

He was Vice President of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ireland (ECA) in 2017 and is currently the President.

Denis O’Riordan

Denis is a Director of Irish Sprinkler and Fire Protection and holds the advanced LPCB sprinkler design certificate and a diploma in project management. Having joined H. A. O’Neil in 1981 as a qualified mechanical services technician, Denis has been involved in a wide range of major projects including Beaumont, St. James’s and Blackrock Hospitals.

Since 1993 Denis has worked with Irish Sprinkler and has overall responsibility for marketing, estimating and project management. Among the major projects he has been responsible for include Xerox Dundalk, Xilinx, Janssen Biologics (Centocor) Ringaskiddy, Boston Scientific, Lough Ree and West Offaly Power stations, Pfizer, BMS, Chemsource and many more high profile confidential Data Centre projects.

Peadar Walsh

Peadar is a Director of Douglas Calibration Services, a sister company of O’Sheas Electrical in the Jones Engineering Group. He joined Douglas Calibration in 1981.

Having worked his way up from his apprenticeship to his current role as a Director, Peadar has worked on a number of major projects throughout Ireland and internationally for the company, gaining vast experience across a number of different sectors in the process.

As a Director, Peadar has overall management responsibility for all Douglas Calibration projects both in Ireland and abroad, coordinating closely with O’Sheas and all other sister companies in the Jones Engineering Group.  He also operates the first and only “CompEx” training centre in Ireland in association with our UK training partners “ExVeritas”.

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson is an Operations Director of H. A. O’Neil Ltd., the Mechanical Division of Jones Engineering Group and has overall responsibility for the Process Division, including the Life Sciences and Food & Beverage Sectors.

Stephen joined the company in 2000 as a Graduate Engineer and since then has also held roles in QA, Rigging, Construction Management and Project Management.
In addition to being a Degree Qualified Engineer and Member of Engineers Ireland, he holds various qualifications in Welding, Welding Inspection and Project Management.
Stephen was previously Division Manager for the Life Sciences and Food & Beverage Sectors and has been involved in a number of our flagship process projects, Including Pfizer Grangecastle, BMS BioPharma Cruiserath, Janssen, Alexion Athlone, Regeneron & Diageo Dublin.

In 2009, Stephen was responsible for the setup of our Specialist Lift Division, which currently offers Specialist Rigging Services to Customers both in Ireland and across Mainland Europe.

Anthony Farrell

Anthony Farrell is an Operations Director of H. A. O’Neil Ltd., the Mechanical Division of Jones Engineering Group and has total responsibility for the delivery of Data Centre and mission critical projects in Ireland, UK and Europe.

Starting with the company in 1997, Anthony has over 20 years’ experience and has worked in all sectors of the business, specifically on large industrial installations for key clients such as Hewlett Packard, IBM and Intel.

Anthony was previously Division Manager for Data Centre projects, managing the delivery of Mission Critical Data Centres for our confidential clients, and has worked on projects in Scandinavia, Benelux, UK and Ireland over the last 10 years.

Brendan McAtamney

Brendan McAtamney is an Operations Director of H. A. O’Neil Ltd., the Mechanical Division of Jones Engineering Group.

He is a degree qualified Engineer and joined H. A. O’Neil Ltd. in 2006.
Brendan was previously Division Manager for Semi-Conductor and related industries.
He has extensive engineering and project management experience across different sectors including Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, Data Centres and Industrial Manufacturing.

Paul Nicholls

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in our industry and joined H. A. O’Neil Ltd., as a Project Engineer in February 2000. He quickly worked his way from Project Engineer through to Contracts Manager, Division Manager and is now an Operations Director of H. A. O’Neil Ltd., the Mechanical Division of Jones Engineering. Paul has overall responsibility for Commercial HVAC Division and all HVAC Projects.

Paul holds a Building Services Degree, together with a Diploma in Project Management and is a member of many professional organisations such as CIBSE and Engineers Ireland.

Paul has worked on many complex projects throughout his career and has been responsible for the delivery of several large scale commercial projects including the €100m Tullamore General Hospital, the €120m St Vincent’s Private Hospital, the €100m plus Charlestown Mixed Use Development and Microsoft’s new €134m campus in Dublin, One Microsoft Place. He is currently overseeing the New Children’s Hospital project which is the largest, most complex and significant capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland.

Robbie Irvin

Robbie Irvin is Operations Director of Patrick Lynch Ltd., an Electrical Division of Jones Engineering Group. He has total responsibility for all Patrick Lynch’s electrical projects. Robbie is a qualified Engineering Technician and has served his time as an Electrician. He has been with the company for over 25 years.

Having extensive experience across a number of sectors, Robbie’s expertise particularly lie’s in large-scale Mission Critical, Healthcare and Commercial projects. He successfully managed the electrical services installation package on many of Patrick Lynch’s largest projects in Ireland, UK and Europe.

Robbie is a member of several professional organisations including Institute of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Leadership & Management and Institute of Project Management of Ireland. He has also served on the Solas Electrical Apprenticeship Standards Development Group and currently sits on the Contract Committee in the CIF.

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