Year in Review 2019


In the first year of the new brand, CPA Ireland remain true to its core brand values of being credible, forward thinking, assured and open. 2019 was a progressive and dynamic year for CPA Ireland.

At the beginning of the year a global research report was launched ‘The SMP of the Future in a Changing World’ commissioned by the Edinburgh Group – a coalition of 16 accountancy bodies from across the world, which is chaired by Chief Executive Eamonn Siggins, that examined the landscape ahead for the Accountancy Profession.

CPA Ireland participated in ethics research and launched and released an Ethics Research Report in association with the Chartered Accountants Ireland Educational Trust (CAIET) an independent body registered under the Charities Act.

In February, CPA Ireland was shortlisted for an IITD National Training Awards 2019 in the Excellence in Digital Learning Category.

The CPA Ireland exemptions checker was launched, allowing prospective students to search, access and quickly find out what exemptions they can qualify for.

GearĂ³id O’Driscoll was elected the new President of CPA Ireland in May and over the course of his presidency spoke on the Government’s need to fully commit to supporting regional growth if SMEs in Ireland are to continue to thrive and this theme is still continuing throughout his Presidency.

CPA Ireland partnered with the Irish Accountancy Awards for the fourth consecutive year and extended congratulations to Michael Dunphy from IFAC on winning Part-Qualified Accountant of the Year and HLB Sheehan Quinn on winning Tax Team of the Year.
The theme of CPA Ireland Annual Conference 2019, ‘On the Frontier of Accounting’ chaired by John Creedon, recognised the unique contribution that accountants have made to making Ireland’s prosperity a reality.

CPA Ireland partnered with AIB and hosted the Women in Business events in Cork and Dublin.

The CPA Ireland placement service was launched, such a service is unique to CPA Ireland and offers members and employers alike support with sourcing top trainee talent that will help drive their business forward.

In conjunction with the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB-I) and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, a series of information sessions on steps that small businesses should take to prepare for Brexit took place in Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.

CPA Ireland new Skillnet Diploma’s on Forensic Accounting and Data Analytics were launched.

In September, CPA Ireland ran both a digital and nationwide radio campaign in an effort to further increase the brand awareness of CPA Ireland members and firms in the SME market, and highlight the value that CPA’s contribute to businesses in Ireland. 

Deirdre McDonnell was appointed as CPA Ireland Director of Education. Deirdre has taken over from Paul Heaney who retired from the Institute after 15 years as Director of Education.

CPA Ireland increased its global footprint by signing an MRA with CAI Sri Lanka and in the same year CPA Ireland also extended its MRA’s with CPA Canada and CPA Australia.

CPA Ireland received significant coverage on its response to Budget 2019 with coverage in the Irish Times, Biz Plus and

CPA Ireland won the European Digitalisation Award at Accountancy Europe.

At the annual conferring ceremony in December, President of CPA Ireland challenged young accountants to show leadership in the fight against climate change and stated that members of the profession are uniquely placed to exert positive influence on businesses to behave sustainably.

Further details of each of the above events can be found on our Institute News page here