Record donation from Jones Engineering Chairman

Jones Engineering Chairman Eric Kinsella and his wife Barbara have made a €30 million donation to Trinity College Dublin...

Chairman of Jones Engineering, Eric and wife Barbara Kinsella, pictured in Trinity College Dublin’s Ussher Library.

A €30 million donation to Trinity College Dublin by chairman Eric Kinsella and his wife Barbara of electrical giants Jones Engineering, is believed to be the largest single philanthropic donation from individuals in the history of the State.

The donation is to be used for Trinity East, a new €1 billion 5½ acre campus, which is to be based in the docklands area of Dublin. It surpasses the €25 million provided by radiator tycoon Martin Naughton and his family in 2018 towards the establishment of the E3 Institute, which is located on the existing campus.

The new institute will serve as a venue for large-scale research programmes in engineering, environment and emerging technologies.

Mr Kinsella, an alumnus of Trinity and his wife have already previously provided funding for the Kinsella Hall study facility in Ussher Library, as well as a programme of engineering scholarships for talented students.