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Grant Thornton announces six new partners across departments

The promotions are reflective of the growth in client requirements, with partner appointments stretching across all areas of the business

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Pictured left to right: Bláithin O’Neill, Chris Rogers, Frankie Cronin, Louise Barry, Michael McAteer (managing partner), Alan Gourley, and Gavin Fitzpatrick


Grant Thornton Ireland has announced six new partners across a number of business units as the firm continues to grow in line with client demands. The announcement of partner appointments in the audit, tax, risk compliance & professional services, financial accounting & advisory services, and financial services advisory reflects a culture of promotion and ambition across the firm. Grant Thornton Ireland currently employs over 1,800 people across seven offices on the island of Ireland.

Speaking on the appointment of the six new partners, managing partner at Grant Thornton Ireland, Michael McAteer says; "These appointments not only reflect our firm’s culture of promoting talent, and encouraging and empowering our people to achieve their ambitions, they also reflect our commitment to growing our teams in line with client needs to ensure we continue to deliver the highest standard of service into the future."

"As the Grant Thornton International Business Report shows, Irish businesses are optimistic about the Irish economy in the coming 12 months, and we at Grant Thornton know that our experienced teams around the country can make sure these businesses reach their fullest potential, and at the same time overcoming any challenges that arise."

The promotions are truly reflective of the growth in client requirements, with partner appointments stretching across all areas of the business from the traditional audit and tax appointments, seeing Bláithin O’Neill in audit and Alan Gourley in tax. The promotions are also indicative of the growth in the financial services industry and multinationals within Ireland, as Frankie Cronin is appointed partner in financial service advisory, and Chris Rodger in financial services audit.

The expansion in international clients with requirements beyond the island of Ireland is also recognised with the appointment of Gavin Fitzpatrick to partner within the financial accounting and advisory services (FAAS) department, which specialises in providing advice and solutions to multi-nationals across multiple jurisdictions.

Our experienced teams around the country can make sure businesses reach their fullest potential

A significant sign of the changing landscape of corporate Ireland and the professional services arena, is the appointment of Louise Barry to partner in risk, compliance & professional services (RCPS). This is of particular note, as Barry is the first operational partner appointment within the firm and showcases Grant Thornton’s commitment to quality, regulatory governance and the maintenance of excellent service to their clients. 

A qualified accountant, Louise joined Grant Thornton in 2007, and over the last 15 years has gained significant experience in risk management quality control. She has worked on growing her team of experts to a team of 32 experts across all aspects of risk and quality, including legal and data protection, quality and independence, audit and accounting technical professionals and AML specialists.

Barry focuses on continuously enhancing the firm’s reputation for quality through investing in her team of experts and investing in innovative technology solutions to drive efficiencies and support consistent quality results. Barry and her team continuously strive to ensure that excellence in the level of quality of service to Grant Thornton clients is paramount across the firm’s mindset and culture.

Speaking on the appointment, she says; "I’m delighted to be appointed partner in risk, compliance and professional services with Grant Thornton Ireland. I’ve long recognised the reward of working at a firm like Grant Thornton where there is a culture of support and progression, and where I know my voice is being heard on all of the projects I work on."

"I look forward to continuing to grow my experience with Grant Thornton and bringing that knowledge to the role of partner, while also supporting my wider team as they too progress and grow with the firm."

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