🔴 LIVE: In Conversation with Ireland’s Minister for Finance Michael McGrath TD on the EU Minimum Tax Directive

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📅 2.30pm Irish Time | Monday, 20 November 2023

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Minister Michael McGrath TD

Michael McGrath is a TD for Cork South Central and is currently the Minister for Finance in the Government of Ireland. He previously served as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform from 2020 to 2022.

Before entering national politics, Michael served in local government in Cork for eight years. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the first attempt in 2007 and has been re-elected in every election since.

Michael secured a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Economics major) from University College Cork and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Cork City. Before going into politics full time, Michael held senior positions in both the private sector and public sector. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has served on that body’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. Michael has also undertaken studies with the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In his time in Dáil Éireann, Michael has served on a number of Oireachtas committees including the Finance Committee, the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, the European Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

As Minister for Finance, Michael is responsible for leading the Department in the achievement of the government’s economic, fiscal and financial policy goals, having regard to the Programme for Government.

The Minister for Finance has a key role in decisions made across government, and is Ireland’s representative at the Eurogroup and Ecofin meetings of European Finance Ministers.

As Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Minister McGrath is a Governor of a number of international bodies that Ireland is a member of, including the European Investment Bank, the IMF, the World Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Andrew Quinn, Head of Tax, Maples Group

Andrew Quinn is Head of Tax at Maples Group. He is an acknowledged leader in Irish and international tax and advises companies, investment funds, banks and family offices on Irish, EU and international tax matters. Andrew is a founder and Chair of the Irish Debt Securities Association, the industry group representing the €1+ trillion Irish securitisation industry. He is also Chair of the Irish Law Society Tax Committee and past Chair of the International Fiscal Association Irish branch.

Andrew is a member of the Irish Government’s OECD BEPS Implementation Committee and also the Irish Department of Finance’s Pilot Business Tax Stakeholder Forum.

Prior to joining the Maples Group, Andrew was a senior partner with a large Irish law firm, and before that a tax consultant with Ernst & Young. He has been recommended by a number of directories, including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, World Tax, Best Lawyers, International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide and the Tax Directors Handbook. Andrew was awarded International Tax Author of the Year by Bloomberg Tax and is also joint author of the book Taxing Financial Transactions, Irish Taxation Institute.

Moderator: Noelle O Connell, CEO, European Movement Ireland

Noelle O Connell was appointed CEO of European Movement Ireland in 2011, Ireland’s longest established Not-for-Profit membership organisation connecting Ireland and Europe. She was also elected a Vice President of European Movement International (encompassing European Movement councils in 34 countries and 38 international associations).

Prior to this, Noelle worked in business development, public affairs, member relations in a variety of sectors and for different bodies including CIF, ICOS, IITD. She has also worked in the third level sector and has managed significant national and international funding projects (e.g. Interreg, Skillnets, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens etc.)

A former Director on the Board of Skillnets, Noelle is a voluntary Director of the board of Alliance Française Irlande, and in 2017 was name a Knight of the National Order of Merit awarded by the French President. In 2019, she was appointed an International Leadership Fellow of Society of Leadership Fellows, St. George’s House, Windsor Castle.  A member of the Institute of Directors and an Associate Specialist with the IPA, she was shortlisted for the Newstalk WMB Social Entrepreneur of the Year and is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.

She holds a BA Hons from University College Cork, a DEUF Diploma from Université de Jean Moulin, Lyon II France, and a MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, and speaks Irish, French and Spanish.

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