E&Y breaks down Irish borders

Ernst & Young has announced that its Irish staff on different sides of
the border will be joining forces.

E&Y said: ‘The partners of Ernst & Young in Ireland are delighted to
announce the formation of an All-Ireland practice with effect from 1 July 2008.’

Paul Smith, the managing partner of Ernst & Young in the Republic of
Ireland will become the leader of the new business. Mike McKerr, managing
partner of the Belfast office becomes Markets Leader.

Partners voted unanimously for the change, E&Y said. The move will see
more than 1,200 people including 50 partners spread across Dublin, Cork, Galway,
Limerick, Waterford and Belfast join forces.

Paul Smith said: ‘This is a major step change for Ernst & Young
throughout Ireland and for our new EMEIA firm. We will be operating as a
seamless, consistent business, offering our clients a more globally integrated
approach that reflects the way they themselves do business. Increasingly
business and capital act without borders and entrepreneurs of whatever size
think with a global mindset.’

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