About the Ulster Society

Chartered Accountants Ulster Society is the oldest district society of the Institute and serves around 4,500 members throughout Northern Ireland. The Chairman is Niall Harkin.

The Ulster Society provides professional, educational and social services and events for its members (in practice, in business, in the public sector and charity/ voluntary sector) and is a strong voice for Northern Ireland's business sector. The Society also actively fosters relationships with other accountancy, professional organisations and government bodies.


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Chartered Accountants Ireland, which represents almost 5,000 business professionals in Northern Ireland, has welcomed Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s call for evidence on the impact of VAT and Air Passenger Duty (APD) on the Northern Ireland travel industry. The call for evidence, issued as part of the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, seeks to understand the ways that these taxes impact the tourism industry, and how the industry can be supported to build on its growing success. Zara Duffy, Head of Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland said: “Highlights such as Game of Thrones, the Titanic Visitor Centre and some of the world’s most beautiful scenery have helped tourism in Northern Ireland perform strongly in recent years. “We believe that there is a fantastic capacity to build on that success and we are pleased to see recognition at official level of the impact that taxation can have on this key industry sector. “As Northern Ireland’s premier business organisation we intend to contribute to the formation of government policy in this important area. Our members are keen to lend their expertise, ability and experience to do what they can to boost the tourism industry.”

Mar 13, 2018

The Chair of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society has called for local political leaders to work together to find a way to address the democratic deficit at Stormont and to address issues which are affecting jobs, services and quality of life for people in Northern Ireland. Speaking to over 300 guests at the Ulster Society’s Annual Dinner, sponsored by MCS Group and Danske Bank, tonight (8th March), Pamela McCreedy said: “My heartfelt appeal to all parties is to take a step back from the outstanding matters, agree a timeframe to revisit all that is left undone, and in the meantime get back to delivering on the issues which affect the quality of life of everyone in Northern Ireland – health, education, jobs and the economy. “It is not impossible or unreasonable to seek out a third way - namely a return to the Assembly to give Northern Ireland greater stability, with an agreed timeframe to sort out the issues that are so far unresolved. “The Belfast Agreement showed that politics could work and that compromise is possible.  Twenty years on, there is no question that we are in a better place than we were before the Agreement. We need to continue in that spirit of working together. “It is now fourteen months since our political institutions collapsed. They have been missed. Some issues between the parties have proved too difficult to resolve, but I believe that there are more things that unite us than divide us. The parties must agree that addressing the challenges in health, education and the economy will require political leadership in a functioning Executive and Assembly. “Direct Rule is no substitute for local political institutions making the decisions on health, education, jobs and our economy. We have to have an end to the stalemate to provide greater stability and to address the significant challenges which affect services and the quality of life of people in Northern Ireland. “The year ahead will, without doubt, be one of the most important years for our economy and our future. This is a year where we must get it right. It’s a year where we can set out who we are and what we have to offer to the rest of the world. “It’s a year in which we can rebuild confidence and show why Northern Ireland is a great place to live and a great place to do business. Our politicians, our business leaders and those running the public sector must be able to work together to make it happen.” Also addressing guests at the Ulster Society Annual Dinner was Ulster, Ireland and Lions Rugby legend Willie John McBride MBE. The Chartered Accountants Ulster Society’s Annual Dinner took place at the Culloden Hotel and was attended by over 300 members and their business guests.

Mar 08, 2018

The professional body for Chartered Accountants in Northern Ireland has expressed the disappointment and frustration of the business community at the collapse of power-sharing talks yesterday. Zara Duffy, Head of Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland, which represents over 4,600 local Chartered Accountants said: “It is frustrating that we have now been without a functioning Executive and Legislative Assembly for thirteen months. “Our members are not only disappointed in the failure of our local politicians to find a way to work together, but they are frustrated by the knock-on effects that this deadlock is having in terms of investment, decision-making and Northern Ireland’s reputation around the world. “The failure to reach agreement is creating an instability which is now affecting jobs, essential services and the quality of life for people in Northern Ireland. “The UK will leave the EU in just over a year, and we expect Northern Ireland to be more adversely affected by this than the rest of the UK.  This is already creating a great deal of uncertainty around future business relationships and trading realities. Unfortunately the democratic deficit that exists without a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly only intensifies this uncertainty.”

Feb 15, 2018