Institute Annual Dinner – members encouraged to meet climate challenge

Feb 08, 2019

The 2019 Chartered Accountants Ireland Annual Dinner took place in Croke Park last night, 7 February, attended by over- 550 business leaders from across the island of Ireland and beyond.

In his address to the event, keynote speaker Pat Cox, former President of the EU Parliament, encouraged Chartered Accountants use their position as business leaders and advisers to rise to the challenge of climate change. “There is an accelerating institutional gearshift to mainstream the climate change imperative in which your profession of accountancy will be front and centre,” he said, noting that “…what counts has to be measured. What is measured has to be relevant. What is measured and relevant has to be validated. These are [Chartered Accountants’] professional strengths.’  Read his full speech here..

The dinner, supported by Brightwater Executive, Bank of Ireland, Confirmation and Dublin Airport, was MC’d by former Council member Eugene McCague. Attendees heard from Institute CEO Barry Dempsey along with Institute President Feargal McCormack FCA who said, “We must be prepared to push out the boundaries, to support our members to connect, change lives and embrace new and emerging technologies, with pace, in an environment that supports diversity and inclusion.”

In recognition of her commitment to changing lives, recently-qualified member Deborah Somorin was presented with the inaugural Chartered Accountants Ireland Inspiration Award. This acknowledged her work in establishing www.empowerthefamilyireland.com, a charity that aims to change the trajectory of families from disadvantaged areas through education.

Special Olympics Ireland, represented by CEO Matt English, was the chosen charity for the evening, with a prize draw, sponsored by Brightwater Executive, Bank of Ireland, Confirmation and Dublin Airport, to support Team Ireland in the imminent departure to the World Games in Abu Dhabi.

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Reference: Claire Percy, Chartered Accountants Ireland

T: 353 1 523 3949 

E:  Claire.Percy@charteredaccountants.ie