'A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge.' International Women's Day has been running since 1911 and is a day where we celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality and lobby for accelerated gender parity. This year join all of the District Societies and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Friday 5 March for our first ever joint virtual International Women's Day Conference, hosted by Institute Vice President Sinéad Donovan.  Choose your agenda for the day, as we offer you three separate sessions to join, each with a range of high profile speakers and relevant themes; Sport, Education and Diversity & Inclusion. Session 1: 9.30-10.30am - book here Session 2: 11am - 12pm - book here Session 3: 12.30 - 1.30pm - book here More info to come on this exciting event very soon. Stay tuned!   INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SPEAKERS SPORT SESSION Nicola McCarthy is a sports broadcaster and presenter, with over 10 years experience working in sport - across TV, radio and online platforms. She currently works for BBC 5 Live, BBC Sport and Manchester City TV among others, as well as hosting various events and running her own business – Rondo, which works with elite athletes on social media, content creation, personal branding, commercial partnerships etc. as well as curating niche sporting events. She spent five years working at Manchester City TV, reporting and commentating on the first team domestically, in Europe and beyond - including coverage of three Premier League and three League Cup title wins. She has also reported and commentated extensively on Manchester City women in the Women’s Super League and in Europe. She has also reported on other key events across various sports, including Rory McIlroy’s 2011 US Open win and Ireland’s 2009 Six Nations win. Niamh Briggs is an Irish rugby player born in 1984 who plays as fullback for the Ireland women's national rugby union team. She made her debut for Ireland in 2008 against Italy. She played at the 2010- and 2014-Women’s Rugby World Cup. She made her international rugby sevens debut at the 2016 Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix in Kazan, Russia. Briggs attended Waterford Institute of Technology and worked for the Garda Síochána, the Irish police force. She played for Dungarvan R.F.C., Clonmel R.F.C., UL Bohemians R.F.C. and the Ireland women's national rugby union team.  Briggs was credited with the winning points that brought a Grand Slam win for Ireland on St Patrick's Day in Milan in March 2013 and she captained Ireland for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World cup   Sonia O'Sullivan is one of the country's most successful athletes and undoubtedly one of the greatest Irish sports people ever. Born in Cobh in County Cork, Sonia spent many years running around the hills of Cobh before embarking on an Athletics Scholarship to Villanova University. Sonia followed a trail of Irish athletes to Villanova where she graduated in 1992 with a degree in Accountancy ahead of her first Olympic Games in Barcelona.She has been a regular contributor to RTÉ Sport analysing European and World Championship Athletic Events, has authored two books to date and writes a regular column in the Irish Times.Some of Sonia's proudest achievements include: Four time Irish Olympian, current World record holder over 2000m, three times World Champion, World Cross Country long & short course, three times European Champion, Twelve times All-Ireland Champion, and currently holds ten Irish records in every distance from 1000m to half marathon, as well as Dublin City Marathon Winner 2000. Sonia lives in Melbourne, Australia with her daughters Ciara and Sophie. Ireland will always be home to Sonia and she has spent a lot of time commuting from Australia.   EDUCATION With over twenty years’ experience in education management, Dr Orla Flynn commenced her role as President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in March 2020, having been Vice President for External Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) for the previous six years. Prior to that she led the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design for 8 years following periods as Head of School of Humanities and Head of Department of Media Communications at CIT. She was a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Computing for 13 years before that at CIT. Dr Flynn holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Mathematical Physics and Computer Science from University College Cork, an MA in Management in Education from WIT, and a PhD from the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. Dr. Caroline McGroary is a Chartered Accountant and Lecturer who is passionate about the role of education in transforming lives and society. Originally from Donegal in the North West of Ireland, Caroline trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. Soon after qualifying, she joined Dublin City University (DCU) as a Lecturer in Accounting in its Dublin campus. In 2013, DCU entered a partnership with Princess Norah University (PNU), the largest women’s only university in the world. Driven by her passion for creating impact through education, Caroline moved to Saudi Arabia to be part of this ground-breaking partnership in the education of Saudi women. Over the last eight years, Caroline’s holistic approach to education has allowed her to successfully align her work in the classroom with burgeoning global social issues such as gender equality and sustainability. Her work has been recognised at international conferences and has been nominated for several awards for innovation, excellence in teaching and impact. Caroline recently received the Chartered Star Award from Chartered Accountants Ireland and will represent the profession at the One Young World summit in 2021. Here she looks forward to collaborating with other young leaders to create social impact.  DIVERSITY & INCLUSION Sara R Phillips is a Trans activist working in Ireland. She has been involved with trans activism for over 28 years. She is currently in her third 3-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors of Irelands national trans organisation, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). She is the founder, researcher and archivist of the Irish Trans Archive. Sara was one of the lead negotiators to the Gender Recognition Act 2015 and served on the Governmental review of the act in 2018.   Sara was honoured as Dublin LGBTQ Pride Grand Marshall in 2018. Sara is also a board member of the International Trans Fund in New York, a board member of Transgender Europe and recently was elected to the board of the National Women's Council of Ireland. Sara is currently the National Manager in Ireland for multinational construction materials manufacturer CPG-Europe.  Louise O’Donnell is the Head of International Operations, Strategy, and Legal & Compliance at Oman Insurance Company. She is based in Dubai, UAE and is responsible for the management of OIC operations in Turkey and Oman.  Louise also manages the key strategic partnerships which are long term relationships which have developed with well known international insurance companies.  In addition she oversees the Legal & Compliance teams.  She is part of OIC Executive Management Team and also a Board Member of two seperate entities which are owned by Oman Insurance Company.   Louise was awarded Women Leader of the Year in 2019 by the Middle East Insurance Industry Awards which was the inaugural year to celebrate the contributions that women bring to the insurance industry.     Baz  Ashmawy is  an Emmy  and  IFTA  Award  Winning TV  and Radio  Broadcaster  who  has  been  a  truly  exciting  Talent  on  our airwaves  for  over  ten  years. Most  recently,  Baz  presented ‘DIY SOS’ on RTÉ One. During this show, Baz and his team set out to renovate the  homes  of  deserving  families,  changing  their  lives forever. In  December  2020,  Baz  presented  the  documentary ‘Fungie’s  Kingdom’on RTÉ  One where  Baz headed  to  Dingle  to investigate further into where Fungie spent many years. His show ‘Wingman’ aired to phenomenal praise on RTÉ One. The show saw Baz  guide many  different  characters from  all  walks  of  life  on a journey towards making their dreams a reality. The show has been commissioned for a second series.  

Feb 11, 2021
Press release

DCC has been named the Overall Winner of the Chartered Accountants Leinster Society Published Accounts Awards 2020. It was also awarded winner in the ‘Company listed on a foreign market’ category.  The Published Accounts Awards celebrate the best in Irish corporate reporting in companies, state bodies and charitable organisations, large and small throughout Ireland. Now in their 43rd year, the awards, sponsored by Euronext, takes place virtually for the first time today with guest MC Síle Seoige.  The judging panel noted that reports using clear language, that was precise and explained complex accounting and reporting issues without jargon, scored highly. The judges also urged that changes in regulation and accounting standards should not result in longer reports and were happy to see that there had been a reduction in the average number of pages in the Annual Report amongst entrants.  Chairman of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society, Áine Crotty said: “It is extremely encouraging to see the calibre of reporting right across the board among this year’s winners. Our entrants this year faced a number of challenges brought on by the onset of Covid-19. Nonetheless this did not impact on the quality of the Annual Reports produced and this just showcases the resilience of our members and their organisations and teams. Well done to all those shortlisted and awarded today.”  Head of Equity Listing Ireland at Euronext, Orla O’Gorman, said: “The annual report continues to be one of the most powerful communication tools that a company has when engaging with stakeholders, particularly in this new digital world. It enables them to showcase their business in both financial and non-financial terms, in order to speak to the diverse range of interests of their stakeholders. Euronext is a strong advocate of excellence in stakeholder reporting and congratulates all those shortlisted and receiving awards at this event.” ESB maintained its track record in 2020, winning the ‘Statutory Unquoted Large Entities’ Award for the tenth year in a row.   The full list of award winners is as follows: Category Winner   Overall winner  DCC  Highly Commended  NI Water  Large not-for-profit  Concern  Small/Medium not-for-profit  Barretstown  Company listed on a foreign market  DCC  Statutory Unquoted Large Entity (IFRS)  ESB  Statutory Unquoted Large Entity (Non-IFRS)  DAA  Euronext Growth Award  Total Produce  Small/Medium Quoted Company  Kenmare Resources  Large Quoted Company  CRH plc  CSR and Sustainability Award (Listed)   Kenmare Resources  CSR and Sustainability Award (Unlisted)  NI Water  Diversity & Inclusion Award  An Post  Highly Commended Diversity & Inclusion Award  Barnardos  Best Digital Reporting Award  Origin Enterprises  Best Branding Communication & Marketing Award  Barnardos  

Nov 05, 2020

Chartered Accountants Leinster Society has announced the shortlist for its Published Accounts Awards for 2020 which reward companies for excellence in financial reporting in Ireland. The Awards are sponsored by Euronext Dublin.This year’s shortlist includes a total of 31 public and private companies, including not-for-profit organisations. The winners will be announced at a virtual event, taking place on 5 November 2020.FINALISTS FOR THE 43rd PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS AWARDS 2020 Small / Medium Quoted Company Kenmare ResourcesIrish Continental GroupDalata Hotel GroupGlenveagh PropertiesCairn HomesLarge Quoted CompanyCRH Kerry GroupGlanbiaCompany Listed on a Foreign MarketDCCGrafton GroupUDG HealthcareEuronext Growth AwardOrigin EnterprisesTotal ProduceCpl ResourcesUnipharStatutory Unquoted Large Entity (IFRS)IPUTAn PostNI WaterESBEirgridStatutory Unquoted Large Entity (Non-IFRS)Central Bank of IrelandCoillteTusladaaLarge not-for-profitCRCConcernHousing Finance AgencyBarnardosSmall / Medium not-for-profitBarretstownThe WheelThe Care TrustIn addition to the category awards, there are also a number of other awards consisting of;• Overall Winner’s Award from across all categories, • CSR and Sustainability award,• Branding, Communication & Marketing award,• Best Digital Reporting,• Sustained Excellence Award,• Diversity & Inclusion Award.To register or for more information please contact leinstersociety@charteredaccountants.ie or call 01-6377219. 

Oct 05, 2020
Press release

The average salary package (including such elements as base salary, pension scheme, health insurance) for a Chartered Accountant in Leinster remains steady at €109,989, a marginal decrease from €112,582 last year. The survey of more than 1,000 Chartered Accountants, published today by Chartered Accountants Leinster Society in partnership with Barden, Ireland’s leading partner led expert recruitment firm, and in association with Coyne Research provides the most up-to-date guide to Chartered Accountant salaries and employment prospects in the Leinster region.While overall salary packages have remained steady for the majority, the survey, conducted during August, reveals some evidence of pay cuts among employees – just over 1 in 10 claim to have had their salary reduced as a result of COVID-19, over half of whom had their salary reduced by more than 10%. Almost 4 in 5 say they their employers have been “good” or “very good” in adapting to working from home arrangements. At the same time, many employees working from home have felt an increase in workload, with almost 1 in 2 reporting working longer hours than when they were office-based.  Overall, the resilience of the profession comes across among respondents, demonstrating the importance of a strong accountancy function in organisations at a time of such uncertainty. Only 18% of respondents are “quite” or “very” concerned about job security at the moment. The annual survey also highlights the importance of other types of remuneration to members. Over half of respondents (51%) say they had the ability to work from home before COVID-19, while 49% say they could avail of flexible working arrangements (including flexitime and time in lieu). 85% report having a pension scheme and, of those, employers contribute to 91% of them. Just over half receive health insurance as an employment benefit. Key findings include:84% of respondents place value on work / life balance or flexible working arrangements, and would sacrifice between 5% and 10% of their wages for a better work life balance or to have flexible working arrangements.  (86% in 2019.)56% of respondents say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their work / life balance. (62% in 2019.)82% of Chartered Accountants have received a salary increase within the last three years (85% in 2019), with 3 in 10 of members obtaining an increase of over 25%. 51% of respondents have been promoted in the last three years. (51% in 2019.)22% have moved to a new job in the last 12 months, on par with last year.  25% believe the market for Chartered Accountants is buoyant (85% in 2019). 36% believe the market is contracting (5% in 2019).  Commenting on the findings, Áine Crotty, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society, said: “The 2020 Leinster Society salary survey shows that pay remains consistent for Chartered Accountants in this unprecedented and challenging time. It is reassuring to see that many members are satisfied in how their employers shifted to remote working and flexible working arrangements, which is key as we head into the future and deal with the realities of COVID-19.“This survey gives employer firms, recruiters and those who may be considering a career in Chartered Accountancy a reliable insight into the profession. Chartered Accountants Ireland offers a range of flexible entry-routes into the profession so that students can work and learn in a way that best meets their individual needs, which is increasingly important in the current environment.”Elaine Brady, Managing Partner, Barden, said: “We are delighted to partner once again with the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society annual salary survey. For us in Barden it’s absolutely critical for us to be able to provide our clients with cutting edge insights on reward so that they in turn can make informed strategic decisions on talent attraction and retention and managing their teams.“The insights gained from this survey, especially at this challenging and uncertain time for Irish business, will help to drive key decisions especially when it comes to businesses and their teams. It is very positive to see that in the main remuneration remains consistent, however at this stage it is difficult to see the true impact of this pandemic on Irish business. Another positive outcome of the survey is the excellent flexibility amongst employers, who in the main have been quick to adapt and facilitate their teams working remotely, which no doubt will shape the future of how we work.”Bernadette Coyne, Managing Director at Coyne Research, said: “This survey highlights the fact that the average pay has remained similar to last year’s survey, however we see some members having their pay cut since the onset of COVID-19. While most members say their company transitioned well to working from home arrangements, this has to be taken in the context of many having to work more hours at home than they would have in the office.” Where Chartered Accountants WorkThe survey highlights the wide range of industries and sectors that Chartered Accountants work in. Of the 15% of respondents employed in practice, 47% work in a Big 4 practice and 53% in a Non-Big 4 practice. 83% of those working in practice are in a Manager or Director role.The majority of those who do not work in practice are currently working in financial services at 25%. Respondents also work in IT & Telco (14%), Government and Public Sector / Education (9%), Construction and Property (7%), and many other sectors including manufacturing, not-for-profit / charities, food industry and more. Of those not employed in practice, 37% work for companies that are a subsidiary of a foreign-owned multinational compared to a private Irish company (28%) or the business unit of an Irish plc (12%). Most respondents surveyed work in Dublin (82%).  ENDS Notes to editorsThis survey of more than 1,000 Chartered Accountants was conducted by Coyne Research on behalf of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society and Barden between 12 August – 27 August 2020.  Chartered Accountants Leinster Society is a district society of Chartered Accountants Ireland, representing 13,586 Chartered Accountants throughout Leinster.  Barden is a partner led expert recruitment firm consumed with supporting companies that really know the value of their people. Barden’s expertise covers Accounting, Finance, Tax, Legal and Financial Services recruitment. Our people are trained/qualified in their specialist areas, and our approach is consultative not transactional. Barden has proudly partnered with the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society, for the last 3 years, to bring you the annual salary survey. Over the next 3 years Barden will also be working closely with Chartered Accountants Student Society of Ireland (CASSI) to make sure their members get access to the right information, at the right time so when they qualify they can make the right decisions about their professional future.

Sep 10, 2020

Over the course of 3 weeks in July and August, Leinster Society Chairman Áine Crotty hosted a packed wellness programme designed to tackle the 3 key areas of wellbeing; physical, nutritional and mental health. Physical health with Emma Dowling, Empowered MamaThe programme got off to a flying start with our first special guest Emma Dowling of Empowered Mama.On Wednesday 22 July at 7.30am Emma started us off with a workout session geared towards pre and post-natal mothers, with excellent tips and useful information for those who want to start a new fitness routine, or tailor their current fitness regime to suit. To watch back Emma’s session, click hereOn Thursday 23 July at 7.30am Emma turned the intensity up a notch with a more universal workout catered to all our members at any fitness level! To watch back Emma’s session, click hereNutritional health with the Happy Pear The programme continued Thursday 30 July with Steve and Dave, the energetic Happy Pear Twins.The cook along kicked off with a delicious, healthy and quick chickpea curry, with chat and loads of interaction throughout, including 5 tips for a happy healthy life. The twins finished off with a 5-minute chocolate mousse which will impress any party guest!Throughout the cook along we encouraged our attendees to take pictures of their culinary masterpieces for a chance to win a signed copy of the twins’ new book. Congratulations to Kevin Prendergast and Fiona Shine who impressed us with their creations! To watch back The Happy Pear’s session click hereMental Health and resilience with Nigel Owens, MBEThe finale of our Summer Wellness Programme took place Thursday 06 August and featured the one and only Nigel Owens MBE.Nigel gave an incredibly honest and open insight into his life growing up in rural Wales, his struggles with his sexuality and the massive obstacles he had to overcome mentally to find the happiness and success he has achieved today.Nigel spoke about acceptance and how accepting oneself can positively impact on your happiness and in turn your job performance. Nigel also gave some very useful tips for overcoming difficult situations and building resilience. Several questions from participants saw Nigel discuss everything from his funniest memories on the pitch, to his challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic and his plans for the future. Congratulations to our two winners of our “Guess the Speaker” competition Mary and Tom, who received a signed copy of Nigel’s book.  A massive thank you to all who tuned in to the Leinster Society Summer Wellness Programme over the 3 weeks and provided invaluable feedback which will allow us to build upon these worthwhile events in the future.  Finally, many thanks again to our sponsor Glennons for making it all possible.

Aug 24, 2020

At the LCSA we would like to update our members with regard to the solutions that Glennons have in place to insure the cars of family members, including young drivers. This scheme has received fantastic feedback in relation to the exclusive savings and benefits that have been provided since it was introduced.  Having recognised the difficulty in obtaining Car Insurance where there are multiple vehicles in the family, and in particular the high cost associated with young drivers, Glennon have arranged an Exclusive Family Multi-Car Insurance policy for Chartered Accountants Ireland members. This policy provides excellent policy benefits together with significant premium discounts for households with more than two cars in the family and can cater for the following: Cover for your children’s cars whilst residing with you or studying away from home Facilities to add your children or au pair as named drivers to your own cars Luxury, High Performance or Classic Cars Cars registered in a company name Discounts for multiple cars on a single policy Please see an example below of the savings that have been achieved. Total Savings Produced for the member was €3,010 Glennon Family Multi-Car Policy with: 4 Cars (BMW X5, Mercedes C220, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Polo) 4 Drivers aged 57, 53, 24 and 21 years old. The Standard Premium Based on 4 individual policies was €7,050 The Premium on the Glennon Multi-Car Policy was €4,040. To qualify for this policy the primary car must be valued in excess of €30,000 when new and is subject to eligibility criteria being met. Brendan, Chartered Accountant, Glennon Multi-Car Policy Client “Glennon Insurance have been my motor and home insurance broker for 30 years, providing a professional, competitive and personalised service.  But recently I presented the real challenge. We went from a standard two car quote with two named drivers to needing insurance cover on three cars with two adult drivers and three young drivers aged 18, 20 and 22 with minimum no claims bonus or driving experience. In addition one of our children’s polices needed to be in their own name.  But Glennon had the solution. Their multi-Car Family policy with Chubb offered a very competitive quote, much better than anything I could find in the market (and I tried!).  The policy was flexible and they also facilitated the cancellation and refunds of our existing polices on the new policy date. It was simply great that Glennon had the foresight to introduce a product that meets the family needs of their clients. I have since recommended the products to neighbours and friends and will continue to do so” In order to obtain a quotation contact Glennon’s dedicated Multi-Car team on 01 7075955 or visit Glennons website if you would like more information. Frank Glennon Limited, trading as “Glennon” and “Glennon Insurances”, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Jul 09, 2020
Press release

Supporting post-COVID economic recovery will be top priority for largest accounting body. Following today’s AGM, the gender balance of the Institute’s Council stands at 50:50.  Paul Henry has been elected President of Chartered Accountants Ireland for 2020/2021 at its 132nd Annual General Meeting today, held virtually for the first time. Addressing the Chartered Accountants Ireland AGM, Mr Henry said his key priority as President of Ireland’s largest accounting body would be to harness the ability, experience and expertise of its membership network to support economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addressing the challenges of COVID-19, he said: “This is, of course primarily a public health crisis and businesses have rightly taken unprecedented steps to protect their staff and the public. “As we come through the immediate threat of the pandemic, we will face the significant challenge of rebuilding the economies of the island of Ireland. I believe that our 28,500 members working in leadership, finance or advisory roles throughout Irish business, will play a key role in kick-starting the recovery and ensuring that business bounces back strongly. “It will be the challenge of a generation, requiring a collaborative approach between business, political leaders and the public sector. Chartered Accountants Ireland will be a strong supporter and advocate for the business community and the positive impact that a renewed economy can have for all throughout our society.” Mr Henry said that as well as supporting its current members, Chartered Accountants Ireland would work to highlight the opportunities available to a new generation of potential trainees within the profession. He said: “Economic rebuilding will create opportunities, particularly in finance and leadership roles. We believe that Chartered Accountancy training is the best possible business education and is more flexible than ever before, creating great opportunities for those seeking to train, whether they are a school-leaver or an experienced business professional.” Mr Henry, who takes over as President from Conall O’Halloran, is a Director with Belfast based property consultancy Osborne King and has extensive experience of real estate, insolvency and corporate finance. A resident of Belfast, Mr Henry qualified with Pricewaterhouse in 1989. Prior to his current role, he held positions with the Industrial Development Board, Enterprise Equity, PricewaterhouseCoopers and ASM Chartered Accountants.  He also served as Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society in 2014. At today’s AGM, Pat O’Neill was elected Deputy President of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Sinead Donovan was elected Vice-President. Following today’s AGM, the gender balance of the Institute’s Council stands at 50:50. Progress is also being recorded at wider membership level, which is currently 42 per cent female and 58 per cent male. ENDS For more information:  Jill Farrelly PR and Communications Manager Chartered Accountants Ireland jill.farrelly@charteredaccountants.ie/087 738 6608 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 28,500 members around the world. Chartered Accountants Ireland is a founding member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, the global alliance that brings together over 1.8 million Chartered accountants and students in more than 185 countries. Update For a synopsis of press coverage arising, please see here.

May 22, 2020

Notice is hereby given that the 92nd Annual General Meeting of Leinster Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland will be held at 4.00pm on Friday, 12th June 2020 at Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Agenda To approve the minutes of the 91st Annual General Meeting held on Friday 14th June 2019 To receive and, if approved, adopt the Report of the Committee and Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 To elect members to the Committee To elect Honorary Auditors for 2020/2021 To appoint additional Scrutineers for the 2021 ballot, if necessary Introduction of Incoming Chairman and Vice Chairman Any other business By order of the Committee Jilly Harvey Honorary Secretary          17 April 2020 Please note, the above Annual General Meeting of Leinster Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland is subject to postponement as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Register your attendance Download the nomination notice

Apr 24, 2020

Dalata Hotel Group has been announced as the Overall Winner of this year’s Chartered Accountants Leinster Society Published Accounts Awards, in addition to winning the ‘Small/medium quoted company’ Award category. Now in its 42nd year, the awards, which are sponsored by Euronext took place at a special gala evening event on Thursday 7 November 2019, attended by over 350 business professionals in The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Speaking at the Published Accounts Awards, the Chairman of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society, Brian Murphy said: “This evening showcases the best in Irish Corporate Reporting. Through these awards we seek to recognise and congratulate the work done every day by our members in their roles in companies, state bodies and charitable organisations, large and small throughout Ireland in an ever changing regulatory environment to convey transparent, relevant and useful information to all stakeholders.” Also speaking on the evening, Head of Equity Listing Ireland at Euronext, Orla O’Gorman, said: “The annual report continues to be one of the most powerful communication tools that a company has when engaging with stakeholders. It enables companies to reflect on their financial performance, as well as their non-financial performance - which is of increasing relevance with today’s ESG agenda. Companies who excel in reporting build trust with stakeholders and we believe it is important to recognise and reward their excellence through these awards that we are delighted to sponsor.” A total of 35 public and private companies, including not-for-profit organisations competed as finalists across fourteen distinct award categories. Among the category winners were CRH, which took the award for Large Quoted Company and Grafton Group, who won the ‘Irish Companies listed on a Foreign Market’ Award. In the ‘Euronext Growth Award’ category, Origin enterprises claimed first place. Three brand new awards were debuted on the evening – the Sustainability award which went to Kerry Group along with the award for Best Digital Reporting; the Diversity & Inclusion award which was scooped up by Central Bank of Ireland, and the award for Sustained Excellence which had two winners in Barnardos and Kingspan. ESB once again maintained its remarkable track record, winning the ‘Statutory Unquoted Large Entities’ Award for the ninth time. In the ‘Not-For-Profit’ Award categories, Trocaire and Aidlink came out on top among the various finalists. And in the final two awards on the night, Kenmare Resources came out winners in the ‘Social Responsibility Reporting Award with Concern Worldwide scooping the ‘Branding, Communication & Marketing’ Award category for the presentation and design of its financial accounts. The full list of award winners is as follows: Awards Winner Overall Winner Dalata Hotel Group Sustainability Award Kerry Group Diversity & Inclusion Award Central Bank of Ireland Best Digital Reporting Award Kerry Group Best Social Responsibility Reporting Award Kenmare Resources Best Branding Communication and Marketing Award Concern Worldwide Small/Medium not-for-profit Aidlink Large not-for-profit Trocaire Company listed on a foreign market Grafton Group Statutory Unquoted Large Entity ESB Euronext Growth Award Origin Enterprises Small/Medium Quoted Company Dalata Hotel Group Large Quoted Company CRH plc Sustained Excellence Award Barnardos   Kingspan You can see photos from the night on Flickr. ENDS

Nov 08, 2019

This year’s shortlist includes a total of 36 public and private companies, including not-for-profit organisations. The winners will be announced at a special gala evening event, taking place in The Shelbourne Hotel on Thursday 7 November 2019 commencing at 7.30pm with Mario Rosenstock as MC. Congratulations to all of our finalists, we wish them the best of luck on the night!  Small / Medium Quoted Company Dalata Hotel Group Glenveagh Properties Irish Continental Group Kenmare Resources Permanent TSB Large Quoted Company AIB C&C Group CRH Glanbia Hibernia REIT Kerry Group Kingspan Group Company Listed on a Foreign Market DCC Grafton Group UDG Healthcare Euronext Growth Award Malin Corporation Origin Enterprises Total Produce Statutory Unquoted Large Entity daa EirGrid ESB Large Not-For-Profit Barnardos Concern Worldwide Trócaire Small / Medium Not-For-Profit Aidlink Barretstown The Care Trust In addition to the category awards, there are four other awards, consisting of an Overall Winner’s Award from across all categories, a Social Responsibility Reporting Award, a Branding, Communication & Marketing Award and an award for Best Digital Reporting. We have also introduced four brand new categories to this year’s awards: A Sustained Excellence Award, a Best Newcomer Award, a Sustainability Award and a Diversity & Inclusion Award. All shortlisted companies qualify for consideration for the additional awards, and we have also shortlisted the following additional companies for consideration: Bord na Móna Bank of Ireland Central Bank of Ireland CPL Resources FBD Holdings Hostelworld Group RTÉ SEAI Tusla Child and Family Agency Tickets are on sale now for this event. For more information email leinstersociety@charteredaccountants.ie

Oct 03, 2019

We are extremely proud of and thankful for our loyal and generous supporters who helped us raise a huge €5,311 for Pieta House at our annual GAA Lunch on Friday 6 September.  The lunch was a huge success with almost 250 people in attendance. Despite a few changes in the line up of our panel due to the unexpected result in the All Ireland football final the week prior, we ended up with a fantastic group of VIPs who thoroughly entertained us all with tales of their own experiences in the GAA world and their thoughts on the All Ireland final replay between Dublin and Kerry. Check out the photos of the day here!   

Sep 17, 2019

The rain certainly didn't put a dampener on the Leinster Society as we headed to the Aga Khan Cup in the RDS on Friday 9 August! A big thank you to our members who joined us, as we began the day with a delicious sit down lunch in the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, before heading over to the RDS to take our seats in the arena. Unfortunately Ireland didn’t win that day, jumping into third place only, but we had our own winners as Rosie Galligan and Leona Lavery deservedly took home the titles of Best Dressed Ladies, with thanks to our generous event sponsors CPL. Check out the photos! 

Aug 23, 2019

Tickets are still available for our annual GAA Lunch, sponsored by Bank of Ireland taking place in Croke Park on Friday 6 September. We have a fantastic VIP panel lined up for post match analysis, banter and GAA chat: Jack McCaffrey of the Dublin football team, Richie Hogan of the Kilkenny Hurling team (just don't mention THAT red card!), Marie Crowe, sports journalist and broadcaster and one of the most recognizable female faces/voices in the industry; and  well-known Irish radio and television broadcaster Michael Lyster as our MC for the day. For only €85 a ticket, or €850 for a table of 10, join us for a delicious three course lunch followed by our lively panel discussion from 12.30pm onwards. There will also be some fantastic prizes to be won in our raffle on the day in aid of Pieta House who do amazing work helping people who are in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. The highly coveted Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire cups will also be there on the day for photo opportunities.  A day not to be missed! Book now by emailing Leinstersociety@charteredaccountants.ie 

Aug 23, 2019

“Aside from bench-marking salaries, the Leinster Society Salary Survey,  in partnership with Barden, reflects the many non-monetary benefits enjoyed by our members, with work-life balance and flexible working a priority for most. It also gives employer firms, recruiters and those considering a career in Chartered Accountancy a reliable insight into all the components that make the profession a rewarding career choice. Chartered Accountancy remains the largest single employer of new graduates in Ireland, and Chartered Accountants Ireland offers a range of flexible entry-routes into the profession, so students can work and learn in a way that best meets their individual needs.” - Leinster Society Chairman Brian Murphy.   On Friday 5 July we launch the results of the 2019 Salary Survery. Join us in Chartered Accountants House at 7.45am to analyse these with the help of our Chairman Brian Murphy and Elaine Brady, Managing Partner in Barden. Russell Beck, an internationally acknowledged thought leader in Talent Management, will also be there to discuss the topic of flexibility and it's positive impact on productivity within the workplace. Register your place for this free event by emailing Leinstersociety@charteredaccountants.ie

Jul 03, 2019

The Leinster Society AGM was held on Friday 14 June 2019 in Chartered Accountants House, where our past Chairman Lorna Larkin stepped down and Brian Murphy was inaugurated as our Chairman for the 91st term of this prestigious role. Alongside Brian, we welcomed Aine Crotty as the the Vice Chair for 2019 / 2020. Check out the photos of the AGM on Flickr. We look forward to an exciting programme of events for the year ahead with these two, where, alongside the Societies flagship events Brian has introduced 3 further focused pillars of events encapsulating; Wellness/general well being An inspire and lead corner Thought leadership of the future Check out the full calendar of events that are planned: 2019 - 2020 Calendar of Events.

Jun 19, 2019

All members are invited to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting, taking place on Friday 14th June at Chartered Accountants House, 47 Pearse Street Dublin 2.  The meeting will commence at 4pm.  Drinks and canapes will be served afterwards. Members can register to attend here Notice of AGM Election Notice and Nomination Form 2019

May 31, 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have shaken things up this year and have added four brand new categories to the Published Accounts Awards, giving entrants a fantastic 15 chances to win one of these prestigious awards. The brand new categories are: Sustained Excellence Award Best Newcomer Award Sustainability Award Diversity & Inclusion Award The awards will take place on Thursday 7 November in the Shelbourne Hotel.  Tickets are €90, or €900 for a table of 10. Entries for the awards, which are sponsored by Euronext, close on Friday 21 June 2019, so enter now!   For more information visit https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/Leinster/PAA

May 17, 2019

A fantastic night was had by all at our 90th Celebratory dinner last Friday in the Conrad Hotel. The food was splendid, Andrew Maxwell had the room in stitches and the dance floor was full within minutes of the band strumming their first note. Once again our loyal supporters showed that the Leinster Society doesn’t do things by halves and we raised a whopping €5,210 for our nominated charity CA Support. A sincere thank you to all of our very generous guests. Check out the photos of the night.

Apr 17, 2019

We had a full house at our Annual Rugby Lunch on Friday 8 March in the Aviva Stadium, sponsored by PeopleSource and Bank Of Ireland. The rugby fans were out in force and they were not disappointed. A drinks reception kicked off the day, followed by a delicious lunch. The highlight of the day was the guest panel we had led by Andy Dunne. Our VIP guests Mike Ross, Jenny Murphy, Fergus McFadden and Devin Toner shared their insights and opinions on everything from nights out and the downfalls of social media to surviving serious injuries on the pitch and predicting the score of the Ireland V France match that took place just two days later. The cherry on top was helping to raise a huge €5,150 for the IRFU Charitable Trust, who do stellar work in assisting severely injured rugby players in their everyday lives. Check out our photos of the day.

Mar 20, 2019
Press release

The Salary Survey press release issued on Wed June 28, below. Annual Salary Survey shows accountants in Leinster earning €106k average, newly qualified earning €56k-€58k Louise O'Leary, The Panel search and selection with Oliver Holt, Leinster Society Chairman The average salary package (base salary + car or car allowance + bonus) for a Chartered Accountant in Leinster is over €100,000 for the fifth year in a row, according to new research published today. The 2017 average salary package is €106,500, at similar levels to 2016 and reflects significant demand for Chartered Accountants at all levels. The survey of more than 1,700 Chartered Accountants was carried out by Chartered Accountants Leinster Society in association with The Panel search and selection consultancy. The research reveals that eight out of ten Chartered Accountants have seen their salary increase by at least 10% over the last three years. The average salary package for a Chartered Accountant working in industry in their first year post-qualification now stands at €56,800. Those in their first year post-qualification in financial services are earning slightly more with an average package of €58,800. The survey also indicates a healthy level of career progression within the Chartered Accountancy profession, with 45% of those surveyed having been promoted in the last three years. This is up from 41% for the same period in 2016. Chartered Accountants also reported feeling confident about their employment prospects, with 89% finding the jobs market positive. 23% of them reported moving to a new job in the last 12 months.   The salary survey also shows that most Chartered Accountants in Leinster currently work in industry, business and financial services, with 68% working in these sectors all together, while 21% work in an accountancy practice and 11% are in public service. The survey also points to the other benefits enjoyed by Chartered Accountants. 24% of respondents either have a company car (5%) or receive a car allowance (19%).  19% of respondents receive share options.   Commenting on the results of the salary survey, Oliver Holt, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society said: “The 2017 Leinster Society salary survey shows a profession much in demand, with considerable career opportunities, whether in financial services, public practice or industry. “I would like to thank the 1,700 Leinster Society members for contributing to one of the most detailed and representative of such studies in Ireland. “As well as benchmarking salaries, satisfaction, career progression and non-monetary compensation were also measured, making it valuable not just for members and employers, but also for those contemplating a career as an accountant. Chartered Accountancy remains the largest single employer of new graduates in Ireland. “For these potential Chartered Accountancy students, we are seeing more training vacancies available in businesses and practices across Ireland for graduates of all backgrounds, and the Institute is championing more flexible entry-routes into the profession for talented people. The survey demonstrates why Chartered Accountancy remains the leading accountancy qualification in Ireland due to its attractive rewards, international opportunities, and rapid career progression.” Paul McArdle, Managing Partner of The Panel, who assisted in analysing the survey results said: “The survey points to a buoyant jobs market where there is real competition for talent. Almost 80% of our survey respondents have seen their salary increase by more than 10% in the last three years. Employers are clearly keen to retain that talent and the survey points to an appetite for greater work/life flexibility as a key priority for these highly skilled finance professionals. It also demonstrates the importance of Chartered Accountants in the current climate and the range of roles they hold.” Full details of the Annual Salary Survey of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society in association with The Panel can be viewed at www.charteredaccountants.ie/Leinster/Salary-Survey The PowerPoint slides from the salary survey breakfast briefing are available online.--> Key Findings: Average Salary Package (base salary + car or car allowance + bonus) for a Chartered Accountant in Leinster is €106,544. (Salaries were surveyed as at 31 January 2017) The Average Salary Package for a Chartered Accountant in their first year post-qualification taking a position in industry stands at €56,800. The Average Salary Package for a Chartered Accountant in their first year post-qualification taking a position in financial services is €58,800. 79% of respondents have seen their salary increase by at least 10% over the last three years. The salary survey also shows that most Chartered Accountants in Leinster currently work in industry, business and financial services, with 68% working in these sectors, while 21% work in an accountancy practice and 11% are in public service. 45% of respondents have been promoted in the last three years (2016: 41%). Members are more confident than ever with 89% finding the jobs market positive. 23% reported moving to a new job in the last 12 months. “How was your bonus calculated?” 1,164 members responded to this question with personal performance being a criteria for 70% of respondents; company performance was a criteria for a similar percentage with one in five respondents citing team performance as a criteria. “What value do you place on work / life balance and flexible working arrangements?”  82% of respondents said that they would sacrifice 5% of their salary for a better work / life balance (45% said they would give up 10% of their salaries, such was the importance of flexibility to them). Ends Note to Editors: Download Annual Salary Survey report here View presentation slides from breakfast briefing Chartered Accountants Leinster Society is a district society of Chartered Accountants Ireland, representing 12,500 Chartered Accountants throughout Leinster. Chartered Accountants Ireland is the largest, longest established and fastest growing professional accountancy body in Ireland with over 25,500 members in 93 countries around the globe.   Average salary package is the total of the basic salary plus bonus and car allowance or car (valued at €12,000 for the purpose of the survey) The survey was conducted by the Leinster Society from 1 to 12 June 2017. Reference:  Bryan Rankin, Marketing Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland T: (01) 637 7268 / bryan.rankin@charteredaccountants.ie

Jun 28, 2017

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