Forging a Sustainable Future – Annual Conference 2023

On Friday, 31 March, Institute President, Colm Browne, heartily welcomed over 300 delegates to the Annual Conference in Galway for the first time since 2019. In his opening address, the President spoke about how much has happened in the intervening years and how special it is to gather with colleagues from across the country to network, and to hear and discuss the tax technical content.

31 March 2023: Colm Browne, Institute President, welcoming 300 delegates to Annual Conference 2023 in Galway.

Reflecting on the topic of Friday morning’s presentations, M&A transactions for SMEs, Mr. Browne spoke about the growth of entrepreneurial activity notwithstanding global uncertainty. He noted remarks by the Minister for Finance, at the Institute’s recent seminar on the Report of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare, about his strong commitment to support domestic enterprise. He cited the Minister’s comments that, “we need to constantly assess our tax system to ensure that it is competitive both for multinationals and more importantly in my view indigenous SMEs.”

Top L – R: David Moran, PwC Private, Marie Flynn, PwC Private, Jacob Gray. KPMG Law, Jessica van der Werff, KPMG, and Jennifer Dineen, EY.
Bottom L – R: Jessica van der Werff, KPMG, Jacob Gray, KPMG Law, Colm Browne, Institute President, Jennifer Dineen, EY, Marie Flynn, PwC Private, and David Moran, PwC Private.

The presentations on Friday afternoon focused on the latest developments in relation to VAT, employment taxes and global mobility, green investment, and trusts. While Saturday morning, delegates heard about topical developments relating to pensions, an update on Revenue interventions and on taking a tax appeal.

Top L – R: Rose Tierney, TTax – Tierney Tax Consulting, Sarah Conry, Deloitte, Lorcan O’Rourke, Grant Thornton, Robert Murphy, Grant Thornton, Aoife Lavan, Institute Vice-President, Aileen Keogan, KLT.
Bottom L – R: Robert Murphy, Grant Thornton, Lorcan O’Rourke, Grant Thornton, Aoife Lavan, Institute Vice-President, Aileen Keogan, KLT, Sarah Conry, Deloitte, and Rose Tierney, TTax – Tierney Tax Consulting.
Top L – R: Jim Connolly, AIB Private Banking, Mark Barrett, RDJ, Conor Kennedy, EY Law Ireland, and Frank Mitchell SC.
Bottom L – R: Conor Kennedy, EY Law Ireland, Amanda-Jayne Comyn, Institute Council, Jim Connolly, AIB Private Banking, Frank Mitchel SC, and Mark Barrett, RDJ.

The lunchtime wellness session with Yoga Mara went down a treat with delegates who were brought through a guided meditation and several chair yoga positions to help during the working day. You can see photos from Annual Conference 2023 here.