Ireland's leading accountancy body welcomes 26,000th member – 24% growth in membership in last 5 years

Nov 17, 2017

26000th member
Chartered Accountants Ireland, the largest and premier accountancy body on the island has today (Friday 17 Nov 2017) welcomed Ms Áine Aherne from Ballinhassig, Co Cork as its 26,000th member.

The 26,000 milestone confirms Chartered Accountants Ireland’s position as the dominant accountancy designation on the island of Ireland.  Chartered Accountants Ireland now has almost 17,000 members in the Republic of Ireland, 4,000 in Northern Ireland, a further 2,000 based in Great Britain. The Institute has a further 3,000 members overseas in over 100 countries.  Over 50% of professional accountants on the island of Ireland are Chartered Accountants, and its membership has increased by over 24% in just five years.

Chartered Accountants Ireland President Shauna Greely welcomed Ms Aherne, who trained with KPMG and is currently working with Ervia, to the membership of Ireland’s premier accountancy body. Ms Greely said:

“On behalf of my fellow Chartered Accountants, I am delighted to welcome Áine and all recently conferred members to the ranks of the profession. The rate at which the profession is growing points to the standing in which the Chartered qualification is held and the exciting career opportunities available.  Our members, Chartered Accountants, play a vital role in business and we are very pleased to help introduce more well-qualified, experienced and skilled people to the economy.

“I would like to congratulate Áine and all other new members in their achievement. I hope that by reaching this landmark figure and highlighting their success, we can encourage many other talented young people to consider Chartered Accountancy as the best possible start to a career in business.”

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 Photo - pictured are Chartered Accountants Ireland’s President Shauna Greely (r) with the Institute’s 26,000th member, Áine Aherne.


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Notes to editors:

Chartered Accountants are Ireland’s leading business professionals, providing essential business advice in every sector of the Irish economy.  Established by Royal Charter in 1888, Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s largest and fastest growing accountancy body, now with 26,000 members. It is the voice of the accountancy profession in Ireland.