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

The 129th Annual General Meeting of Chartered Accountants Ireland will take place at 2:30pm on Friday the 19 May at Chartered Accountants House, 47 Pearse Street, Dublin. This will be followed by a Special General Meeting, dealing with changes to the regulatory regime and related Bye-Laws. Members have been issued with formal notice, agendas and other supporting papers - available on the Annual Reports page. Please have your voice heard by attending these important meetings.

May 18, 2017

12 May 2017 saw Chartered Accountants Ireland run yet another very successful and well-received CPD annual conference. Entitled “Disruption” to capture the mood and comments we receive from our members, we sought to have speakers who could discuss and share their responses to disruptive forces in their businesses and teams. One theme that was ever-present was reactions and responses to supposed failures. So many of our speakers had experienced times of flux – a business failed, a vital team member left, a plan got scuppered by outside factors: disruption of one kind or another occurred. The overriding reaction in the face of such disruption was an “OK…so what?! I'll try again”. Opening the conference was a fascinating group of three speakers, each with their own experience of disruption and their creative and innovative tactics for harnessing and overcoming what might have halted others. Mark Little spoke compellingly on his journey from RTÉ to Storyful to Twitter and beyond, Kevin Maughan on his bright spark of an idea in UrbanVolt and where that might now take this trailblazing company concept, and Paula Fitzsimons who has faced an array of roadblocks around gender, age, funding and more head on. We broke for the afternoon into three simultaneous streams focusing on leadership and wellness, business and innovation and practice respectively. Our fingers were flying as we tried to keep up with and Tweet the fascinating content from these…all we can say is relevant, inspiring, thought-provoking and encouraging. Disruption, do your worst. If these speakers are anything to go by, our worlds of business and entrepreneurial endeavors are in safe hands and disruption is in fact a positive force. And yes, there was a really insightful presentation on gut microbes and health! The afternoon closing keynote addresses were from none other than Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy and Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody. Both were engaging and inspiring and proved that the adage of “if at first you don’t succeed…” We were well looked after by the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway with refreshment breaks allowing for all-important networking, not to mention at the golf and barbeque events the evening before the official kick off. The conference could not have been finished off better than by Mundy who with his accompanists entertained the dinner guests at the closing proceedings – they had almost everyone up singing along, dancing and in great form.  Photos from the day itself are available to view on our Flickr account and from the pre-conference golf and barbeque which were thankfully not disrupted by rain! You can track the Tweets from the conference on our Twitter account. Not quite the same as being there so we might just see you at conference 2018. Not only is it a great event, it earns CPD hours and you will meet some really interesting people. All photos by Iain White.

May 17, 2017

As our class of 2017 are completing their Applied Tax exams, they will be planning and preparing for stage two of the programme: Integrated Tax which will take them to the full Chartered Tax Consultant qualification. If you already hold a tax qualification and are already a chartered accountant, you may be eligible to join us this July for Integrated Tax. If you are interested in joining this programme for 2018, now is the time to check your eligibility and get in touch with us about applying. See our FAQs and checklist here to see what you are eligible for. Q. I am a chartered accountant but I qualified with another body; am I eligible? A. Yes; you are welcome to apply for Chartered Tax Consultant if you are a chartered accountant having qualified with Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, with CIMA, ACCA, ICAS or ICAEW. Q. I am not an accountant. Am I eligible? A. No; CTC is a qualification aimed at accountants, and this is one of the entry requirements. If you are not a chartered accountant but work in or are interested in tax, you may find our Diploma in Taxation of interest. Q. I am an accountant but I am not chartered; am I eligible? A. No; it is written in to the accreditation of the programme that it is only open to chartered accountants so unfortunately other non-chartered accountants will not be eligible. You would be welcome on our Diploma in Taxation, and many accountants have taken this programme. Q. I took a tax elective within my FAEs; am I eligible for an exemption? A. No; you are eligible for and welcome to apply for Chartered Tax Consultant but would need to start with us in Applied Tax 2018 and complete the full programme. The majority of entrants start from this point. Q. I have not completed my FAEs yet; am I eligible for Chartered Tax Consultant? A. Yes; once you have successfully completed CAP2, you are welcome to apply for Chartered Tax Consultant. Keep in mind that you will need to have passed FAEs though in order to use the Chartered Tax Consultant designation. Q. I have completed your Diploma in Taxation; am I eligible for an exemption? A. Yes; if you have successfully completed our Diploma in Taxation, you will be eligible to apply for an exemption from Applied Tax but you will need to sit and pass the Applied Tax exams in order to avail of this option. You will be sent the books and legislation for Applied Tax and given Moodle access in order to prepare for your exams but will not need to attend classroom sessions nor complete Applied Tax assignments. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about this option. Q. I am a chartered accountant and since then I received another tax qualification; am I eligible for an exemption? A. Yes; if you meet the minimum entry criteria (are a chartered accountant) and hold a recognised tax qualification from, for example, Irish Taxation Institute, you may be eligible for exemption from Applied Tax and to proceed directly into Integrated Tax. Please contact us for more information about this. Q. I completed Applied Tax some time ago but could not carry on to Integrated Tax at the time. Can I do so now? A. Yes; the programme does not need to be taken in one year. If you have successfully completed Applied Tax, you are welcome to resume the programme and complete Integrated Tax. Get in touch so that we can help you with completing your studies. If your question is not answered here (and even if it is!) please feel free to get in touch with any other questions about this or any of our programmes. 

May 17, 2017