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Margaret Connolly FITI, MBS

Director of Cogent Taxation Group and Fellow of the Irish Taxation Institute, Margaret Connolly spent a number of years in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners before moving to a private tax practice in Dublin.  She ran her own company, Connolly & Associates, for 4 years.




John Mc Carthy AITI, B.COMM., MMII

John Mc Carthy formerly worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and also ran his own tax business for a number of years.  John is a Director of Cogent Taxation Group and an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute.




J. W. O' Donovan Solicitors

J. W. O' Donovan, Solicitors have been formally appointed as consulting solicitors to Cogent Taxation, to provide a fresh commercial perspective on legal issues faced by clients.   The Partner in charge of Consultancy is Raymond Shanahan who is also an Associate Member of the Irish Taxation Institute.


Taxation Consultancy Management Team


Deirdre O’Neill BComm, MDevSt(Econ), AITI

With a background in economic development, Deirdre spent a number of years working with small businesses prior to joining Connolly & Associates (taxation consultancy) in 2003 before it was merged into Cogent. Deirdre has a broad range of experience across various tax heads and has considerable experience in managing large scale capital allowance projects (such as nursing homes and crèches). Most recently, she is involved in estate planning, VAT and corporate reorganisations. She is actively involved with the Irish Taxation Institute.



Monica Walsh FCA AITI

Monica Walsh joined the firm in 2008 having spent 10 years with Bank of Ireland Private Banking in a senior client management role and prior to that in treasury and tax roles with large multinationals.  With her banking & treasury background Monica brings valuable experience to the commercial finance arm of the practice and is active in the area of corporate restructurings and refinancings.  Monica trained with Deloitte in Cork and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute.



Administration Team

Office manager, B. Comm, Dip HRM

Helen Mc Sweeney





 P.A. and Receptionist

 Audrey Kenny





Would you be interested in an exciting career as a Taxation Consultant with Cogent?

The assignments will be challenging and exciting and will offer the ideal candidate an opportunity to work on and develop a portfolio of clients and report to the directors.

Successful candidates will be AITI qualified, preferably with a recognised accounting qualification. The candidate should have 3+ years tax experience in a practical/commercial tax planning environment including client management. Opportunities also arise from time to time for trainee consultants who wish to pursue a career in taxation.

Candidates will be positive self-starters and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Strong planning, organisational and self-managing skills will be required in addition to the necessary technical competence that will enable the consultant to identify technical issues and determine how to resolve them.

Please send your CV to Helen Mc Sweeney, Office Manager, Cogent Taxation Group Ltd, The Coach House, Dundanion, Blackrock, Cork or email to: hmcsweeney@cogenttax.com