EY Ireland admits six partners into Advisory partnership

31 July 2019 Consultancy.eu

The Irish arm of EY has admitted six partners into its Advisory partnership, taking the total number of partners in the Irish organisation to 89.

The appointments come on the back of another strong year of growth for EY Ireland. Between 2013 and 2018 the accounting and consulting firm managed to book five consecutive years of double-digit growth, with revenues in the Republic jumping by 28% in the latest financial year to €316 million. While financial performance for FY2019 has not yet been revealed, analysts expect yet another strong year for the firm, as also illustrated by the admission of six new partners in the Advisory business.

Dermot Keegan has been promoted to partner in the Performance Improvement (PI) team. Keegan is a management accountant with 15 years of experience in management consulting, having previously served Accenture in Dublin for over twelve years. He is a specialist in programme initiation including roadmap and business case development and programme mobilisation and management, with a focus on the finance and risk domain in the banking sector. 

Ferga Kane is a partner in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services practice. She joined EY in the summer of 2017, having previously served rival Deloitte for seventeen years. Kane focuses on clients in the government and infrastructure sectors. She has extensive experience advising them on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects. Kane also advises on complex financial modelling development and review assignments for public, private and banking sector clients. 

Dermot Keegan, Ferga Kane, Carol Murphy, Alan O’Brien, Michael Rooney, Jackie Gilmore - EYCarol Murphy has been with EY more than five years. She is part of EY’s IT Advisory practice and leads a number of the firm’s technology and risk consulting services, including cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, and programme risk management. Earlier in her career she worked for PwC, BearingPoint and KPMG. Murphy has gained extensive experience in the utilities, government, health, life sciences, manufacturing, technology and retail sectors.

Alan O’Brien leads the financial services team within Transaction Advisory Services. He supports banking, wealth management and insurance clients with a range of merger & acquisitions, transaction support and financing services. Prior to joining EY he was a director in the transactions support unit of KPMG, advising domestic and international banking, wealth management and private equity clients on acquisitions, disposals and broader advisory projects.

Michael Rooney joined EY at the start of this year from KPMG, where he was the Head of Global Mobility in Ireland for the last four years. He has led a number of significant client relationships with Irish corporates and multinational clients headquartered in Ireland, advising on their domestic Irish and international employment tax, immigration and payroll issues. At EY, he is a partner in the firm’s People Advisory Services practice, with a focus on Ireland mobility services.

Another lateral hire, Jackie Gilmore, joined EY early this year from Deloitte, where she was a Director in the firm’s Human Capital practice. Prior to that, she worked in executive search, telecom, banking and technology. At EY, her role is to help drive the growth of the Irish People Advisory wing. She specialises in topics such as organisation design, change management, talent management, leadership development, and communication strategy and planning. 

All of the partners have joined the partnership as an equity partner, meaning that they have a say in how the professional services firm is run. “All of our new partners will play a pivotal role in helping our clients navigate their toughest strategic challenges and embrace their most exciting opportunities. Importantly, they are all role models who inspire and lead our people,” said Frank O’Keeffe, EY Ireland’s top boss since the summer of last year, when he took over from Mike McKerr.


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