Rates Briefing

  • Event: Rates Briefing
  • Date: 05/03/2015
  • Time: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Venue: The Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, Shannon, Clare
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Venue: The Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, Co. Clare.

Time: 7.30am – 10.00am

Member Fee: €10.00

Non-Member Fee: €20.00

Refreshments and light breakfast will be provided on arrival.
Presenter : Tony O’Brien, Irida Consulting Ltd



The objective of this session will be

  1. To inform businesses how commercial rates are determined and used in Clare; show where decisions are made  – i.e. Councillors’ reserved functions and the Executive’s powers
  2. Demonstrate the level of dependence on and the need for rates income
  3. Outline the profile of the rates base in Clare and identify factors that are unique to Clare
  4. Issues to be considered in developing well supported suggestions that can be presented to the Council Executives and Councillors

This session will be followed up by the Shannon Chamber to develop and draw up the content of a submission to present to Clare County Council with a view to making a presentation to the Executive and Councillors.

About the Speaker: Tony O’Brien

The workshop will be delivered by Tony O’Brien, BE; MBA; CMC who previously worked with KPMG and Grant Thornton and has acted as a consultant to many organisations in the public sector in general and local authorities in particular. Tony led the team that prepared the 1996 KPMG Study on the Funding of Local Government in Ireland for the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.  This provided the basis for the establishment of the Local Government Fund; a key element of local government funding until its recent replacement by the Local Property Tax.  For a number of years, he advised the Department of the Environment on its annual budget submission to the Department of Finance.   He carried out a range of studies for the Department such as the distribution of the Local Government Fund and assessing the impact of National Development plans on the day-to-day expenditure of local authorities.  He has also advised many City and County Councils on an individual basis.  Tony is Chairman of the Local Government Policy Committee of Chambers Ireland; is a member of the Board of the Housing Agency and a member of the Limerick City and County Audit Committee

Q & A Session will be faciliatied by Gearoid Costelloe, Senior Partner, Grant Thornton