NEWS & EVENTS

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Financial news

Ratings agency Fitch upgrades Ireland's credit rating

The ratings agency Fitch has upgraded Ireland's sovereign rating to A+ from A.

Economy grows 4.2% in Q3, up 10.5% on the year

The economy grew by 4.2% - in GDP terms - in the third quarter of this year compared to the second quarter, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

PARTNERS PROFILES

Dara Smyth, B.Sc., FCCA, FCPA

Dara Smyth of HDS Partnership Dara has been Managing Partner of HDS Partnership since he participated in its foundation in January 2004. He was recently re-elected as Managing Partner for a second consecutive term.

Dara began his career in 1989 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

In addition to Dara’s extensive auditing and accounting experience he has also been lead advisor in a broad range of business management and development projects and has been instrumental in taking many such projects and businesses from their conception to their successful conclusion.

dsmyth@hds.ie

Eddye Duffy, B.Comm, FCPA

Eddye Duffy of HDS Partnership Eddye is a NUI Graduate and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He is one of the founding Partners of the Firm. Eddye’s experience is predominantly based around family owned businesses and he has particular expertise in the motor industry, medical and legal professions.

Eddye’s clients also include many cultural, social and sporting organisations such as Daghdha Dance Company, Red Ribbon Project and Munster Rugby.

eduffy@hds.ie

Louise Matthews, FCA

Louise Matthews of HDS Partnership Louise is a Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants and started her career in Auditing and Corporate Finance with a Big Four Firm. This was followed by a number of years with two of the big eight firms.

Louise was admitted as Partner to HDS Partnership in February 2006 having initially held the position of Director

Louise is a business advisory and regulatory specialist. She also leads due diligence assignments, to include wide ranging reviews of business strategy, commercial relationships, internal controls and related matters.

lmatthews@hds.ie

Gearoid Flannery, BBS, FCPA

Gearoid Flannery of HDS Partnership Gearoid is a graduate of the University of Limerick and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.

Gearoid was admitted as Partner to the Firm in 2006, having initially held the position of Director.

Gearoid has extensive experience in the construction, manufacturing and retail sectors and provides advisory services to his clients on business transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, disposals and fund raising.

gflannery@hds.ie

John Hinchy, AITI

John Hinchy of HDS Partnership John is the Taxation Partner of the Firm and is one of its founders.

John is an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute. Starting in 1984 he spent the earlier part of his career working with two of the Big Four Firms. This was followed by a number of years as Head of Taxation with a top eight firm prior to establishing HDS Partnership.

John has extensive experience in all aspects of tax planning and consultancy. He has particular expertise in advising corporates, family owned businesses and high net worth individuals on a range of tax planning issues. He has taken the lead taxation advisory role on many projects including property transactions and tax based investment opportunities for both promoters and investors and succession planning for families.

John also advises a number of corporate groups on all aspects of their tax strategies.

jhinchy@hds.ie



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