About the North West Society

Chartered Accountants North West is a district society of Chartered Accountants Ireland, which is the largest and longest established accountancy body in Ireland. The North West Society has over 500 members, serving counties Sligo, Mayo, Donegal, Roscommon and Leitrim.


Press release

Chartered Accountants Ireland (the Institute) has announced a new partnership with leading enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software firm UiPath, making the Institute the first professional accountancy body in the world to begin formal training and official examination of students in this area and equipping them for practical application to business. Pictured: Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe, TD with student Sarah Ryan of EisnerAmper and Supreeth Mohan of HLB Ryan. Back row (l-e): John Munnelly, Chartered Accountants Ireland; Ian Browne, Chartered Accountants Ireland; Conall O’Halloran President of Chartered Accountants Ireland; Eugene Hillery of Tableau and Michael Ellis of UiPath From the end of September 2019, more than 1,300 students per year will begin to study and develop practical skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Data preparation and Data analytics, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies as part of a shake-up of the Institute’s education programme for final year students. The development was welcomed by Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe, TD, who said, “Ireland has the potential to be a global leader and location for innovation in financial and technology services. I welcome the collaboration between Chartered Accountants Ireland and UiPath, Tableau and Alteryx to meet the evolving needs of Ireland’s financial services sector. This programme will ensure that as technology shapes the sector over time, Ireland will continue to have a talent pool of people skilled and available to business and industry.” The move will create a new pipeline of highly skilled graduates ready to fill sought-after roles in industry and private practice, many of which did not exist five years ago as firms ramp up their own investment in new technologies to service client work with greater efficiency, accuracy and insight. The move also follows consultation by the Institute with both member firms and students which revealed a demand for new training in what has emerged as significant growth areas alongside more traditional work such as audit – and an appetite among students to formalise their training in these areas in a practical way, future-proofing their employment prospects. Currently, some 70% of the Institute’s graduates already work in industry as in-house advisors to some of the country’s largest technology, finance, aviation and energy companies. Employees skilled in new technologies are now in high demand. Using data analytics to prepare accounts and present information in a more meaningful way, learning to deploy software robots that can tackle and streamline routine tasks, and being able to advise clients on cryptocurrency transactions and investments are among the skills that will be taught and examined, reflecting the change already happening on the ground in the business models of firms in industry and practice. Commenting on one of the biggest evolutions of the Institute’s final-year syllabus in recent years, Institute President Conall O’Halloran said: “Chartered Accountants Ireland is proud to be the first professional accountancy body worldwide to design and implement a RPA syllabus specifically for accountancy students. The role of accountants is changing, and businesses are embracing new technologies faster than ever. It’s vital that our students and future members are equipped to support businesses now and, in the years, to come. “This time next year, our final year students will be in a variety of jobs and training roles where they can hit the ground running with newly acquired skills that are still not widely taught. They are now on the path to becoming future business leaders for the post-digital era. I’m confident that’s what this partnership will deliver – for our students, members and Ireland’s wider financial services industry.” Ian Browne, Head of Assessment & Syllabus, Chartered Accountants Ireland, said: “We have created an entire new blueprint for the delivery of accountancy training in emerging technologies, and trademarked our assessment frameworks as part of the process. This change will equip a new generation of accountants with better tools to do their job and add value to businesses, employers and clients right away. Larger firms and organisations already moving in this direction will be able to recognise their own business models in the Institute’s new syllabus and training programme. “It’s also really exciting when you consider the possibilities for small and medium-sized companies. This has the potential to democratise access to emerging technologies for a broader cross-section of companies over time, as more and more students graduate and enter the workforce with a range of organisations. It’s a genesis moment, and we’re looking forward to getting started and staying ahead.”  The collaboration also represents an important milestone for UiPath, whose Sales Director UK and Ireland Michael Ellis commented: “We are delighted to have Chartered Accountants Ireland mark a first for the global finance industry and join our Automation Ready Workforce programme. A lot of attention and resources within UiPath are directed towards office workers upskilling and reskilling while automation and AI are reshaping the workplace. It is part of our mission to embrace these changes responsibly, supporting every professional to be ‘automation ready’ and desirable for competitive employers. Our software robots have been assisting the accounting industry for several years already, improving efficiency, reducing costs and errors, and boosting employees’ morale.” Among the global firsts and innovations for the Institute are: Chartered Accountants Ireland is the first professional accountancy body to collaborate with Alteryx and Tableau, global leaders in data preparation and visualisation to develop a course specifically tailored for accountancy students. It is also the first professional accountancy body to develop its own in-depth syllabus in the emerging technologies of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Within the programme are also two entirely new leadership models, the Crypto Assessment Framework™ and the concept of the Collective Intelligent Accountancy™. Chartered Accountants Ireland has over 27,000 members, two-thirds of whom work in industry in Ireland and overseas. This is one of a number of initiatives intended to future-proof the profession and prepare the next generation of Chartered Accountants for the world of work in the post-digital age. In addition, a pilot e-assessment scheme is being trialled for first year students, where students will be able to sit Institute exams outside examination halls for the first time. ENDS For Reference: Karen Jones, Gibney Communications, 01 661 0402 / 086 866 4501

Sep 17, 2019

The courses will be run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry starting on 30 September Chartered Accountants Ireland, in association with the Irish Exporters Association, today (11 September) launches a brand new continuous professional development (CPD) course - Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2. Starting on 30 September 2019, the course is designed to support the increasing demand for customs expertise in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, regardless of the outcome of Brexit. This is the latest initiative by Chartered Accountants Ireland to help businesses prepare for dealing with customs compliance and skill up in this area in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Businesses should be using the time between now and 31 October to improve their knowledge of customs procedures, and close any gaps in their knowledge that could prevent them from trading outside their domestic market. This course provides participants with insights into how to manage their dealings with EU/International customs efficiently and explores areas such as goods classification, origin, valuation and transit. Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 will run in the morning and evening respectively, and participants can book either the morning, or afternoon session, or both. Courses are being run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry. Director, Members at Chartered Accountants Ireland, Mr. Brendan O’Hora commented “We are delighted to launch this course in response to calls from our members to address the increasing need for customs expertise as a further support to businesses of all sizes in preparing for Brexit. We would encourage our members and business professionals dealing with customs compliance to book onto one of these sessions to get the essential information that they will need to know before the UK leaves the EU”. This course is suitable for accountants, and other business professionals, who have limited knowledge of customs. Attendees can be working in practice, finance, procurement, supply chain, operations or freight forwarding. No previous experience or knowledge of customs is required. Interested parties can visit the CPD programmes page of our website to learn more and register for the course. Notes to editors Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 is scheduled to be delivered as follows. For venues and further details please use the links below  Location Day and date Brexit Customs Level 1  More information Brexit Customs Level 2   More information Belfast Monday, 30 September 09:30 – 13:00   Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30   Link to booking >> Derry Tuesday, 1 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30  Link to booking >> Newry Wednesday, 2 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30  Link to booking >> Dublin Thursday, 3 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30   Link to booking >>     About Chartered Accountants Ireland Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s largest and longest established professional body of accountants founded in 1888.  The Institute, which is an all-island body, currently represents over 27,000 members around the world.  The Chartered Accountants Ireland Brexit Action Group coordinates extensive lobbying and public information activities to help its members North and South of the border prepare for the departure of the UK from the EU. References: Akriti Gupta, akriti.gupta@charteredaccountants.ie or Phone: 01-523-3970

Sep 11, 2019

On 20 September, Chartered Accountants House will open its doors for Culture Night 2019.This will be the third year running this event and we are looking forward to welcoming members, their families, staff and all visitors to our building and to share in our programme for the evening.Here's what we have on offer so make us part of your Culture Trail! Art tour with curator Derville Murphy - 8:00pm - free but registration required Those familiar with the building will know that on all of five levels there is a diverse collection of artworks throughout. The collection includes works by, among others, Basil Blackshaw RHA, Sean McSweeney RHA, Dorothy Cross, Brian Ballard and Catherine Rock. Originally curated by Derville Murphy, we are delighted to have Derville here to walk visitors around the building for a guided tour and background to the works and artists featured. You can register for the free tour here. Visual art: foyer, 5:00pm - 9:00pm Ashling Smith - digital media artist Incorporating still and moving imagery and sound, Ashling's work explores the relationship between time and memory, place and identity. Ashling has recently completed her first solo exhibition "Crossing the Lens" in Draíocht, Blanchardstown. Ashling will present a selection of her work for us on Culture Night. Madeleine Hellier - stained glass artist Madeleine is an experienced artist and sculptor working mainly through the medium of glass. Madeleine frequently collaborates with artist Claire Halpin and their work is in the current "Sculpture in Context" exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens.  Bayside Rocks - rock painting exhibition and workshop Starting out as simple folly to make neighbours smile, the Bayside Rocks project has gone from strength to strength over a couple of years. Wandering around Dublin 13, you might come across a brightly painted rock or you can leave your own for someone to find. On Culture Night, you will see a sample of the work, watch rocks being painted and even have the opportunity to create your own rock art. Music: cafe from 5:00pm Vincent Judge - 5:00pm Vincent is a solo musician whose set will comprise mainstream folk/rock to get us started for the night! Diarmuid Kennedy - 6:00pm Diarmuid is a new piano composer from Dublin. Having been compared to Erik Satie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Philip Glass, his inspiring music is receiving international airplay on radio stations in Seattle, UK and the Netherlands. RTÉ Lyric FM's Marty Whelan described his debut single "The Velvet Strand" as "beautiful". Since April, Diarmuid has performed in a number of festivals in Dublin and is delighted to play music from his debut EP "Experiential Piano" in Chartered Accountants House for Culture Night. Join his 100,000+ viewers on YouTube here. Sandymount Gospel Choir - 7:00pm Established in 2009, Sandymount Gospel Choir perform at events, churches and festivals in as wide a range of locations as Bunratty Castle, Darkness into Light walks amongst others. We loved them so much last year at Culture Night we had to invite them back again under the great direction of Cathy McEvoy.  Anna Jordan - 8:00pm Anna Jordan is a composer and singer who writes music and performs solo and as part of a two-piece band: SELK. She has composed for short films and has recently released her debut EP: Dust.

Sep 09, 2019