leading UK accountancy institute strengthens its base in Ireland


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA) will host a special event in Dublin City Hall today, Tuesday 2 December 2014, to launch CIPFA Ireland.

CIPFA Ireland will offer specialist professional services to leaders in public bodies and help reinforce their focus on strengthening governance and financial management. The Institute will work to improve the performance of public sector organisations and to support the Government of Ireland with its focus on ensuring added value benefits and measurable performance outcomes, which are aligned to public expenditure, in this critical sector of the Irish economy.

The CIPFA Ireland launch event includes a cross section of senior representatives from Local Authorities, Central Government, Accountancy Institutes, Accountancy training providers, Universities, public sector finance & audit professionals, recruitment consultants, the Institute of Public Administration, Public Affairs Ireland, independent consultants and associates, professional services firms, charities, British & Irish government officials & press and media representatives.

Keynote speakers at the event include:

  • Owen Keegan, CEO of Dublin City Council
  • Dr Geraldine Smith, commentator on governance / transparency ‘issues’ in Irish public life; and
  • David Watkins – International expert on accounting standards and national public sector reporting and a member of the IMF team advising the Irish Government.

Brian Donnellan, Head of CIPFA Ireland, speaking ahead of the event said:

“Given the prolonged economic challenge, public finance has been top of the agenda for seven years in Ireland.  CIPFA has established itself internationally as a key player to help improve public financial management, governance and performance in government bodies.

“I am confident that CIPFA Ireland will quickly prove to be a valuable partner to those in public bodies & government agencies in the Republic of Ireland.”

Steve Mungavin, Head of CIPFA Northern Ireland said:

“Public bodies in Ireland have made huge strides to cost efficiently reform public services. We can all learn from these positive experiences, especially given the public expenditure pressures now facing the Northern Ireland Executive.

“We in CIPFA look forward to working with public officials and their organisations in Ireland to support their progressive reform agenda.”

CIPFA is the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, and as such CIPFA’s qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance.

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Find more information about the work of CIPFA Ireland on our website.