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Led by Eugene O’Neill, Michael Heinicke and Colm Cavanagh, INSPIRED is the only NI practice solely specialising in Tax.

INSPIRED has grown rapidly and now provide a range of tax services including tax advisory, tax compliance and tax incentives.  Our Partners are Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors and between them have over a century of experience working in Big 4 tax teams.  INSPIRED’s aim is to provide Big 4 firm quality advice but with a more personal touch and enhanced attentiveness to our clients.

Client relationships are at the core of our approach.  By spending time with our clients we’re able to develop a deeper understanding of their businesses and provide them with pro-active tax advice in real-time.  We don’t see tax as a seasonal relationship based on tax return deadlines, but are in contact with our clients all year round.   And as we don’t charge by the hour, our clients are never afraid to pick up the phone.

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Our Team.

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James Gillan, ATT, CTA

Tax Manager

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Ben McDonnell, ACA

Tax Manager

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Adam Douds

Assistant Tax Manager

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Kate Mulligan

Practice Manager

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Denise Carty

Marketing Manager

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Leon Faulkner ATT

Tax Manager

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Gareth Millar ATT, CTA

Assistant Tax Manager

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Aoife McMurray ACA

Assistant Tax Manager

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Fergal O’Kane

Assistant Tax Manager

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Benjamin McStravick

Tax Associate

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Deirdre Davey

Administrative Assistant

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Thomas Steenson

Tax Associate

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Sylvia Gallagher

Tax Associate

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Matty Eaton

Tax Associate

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Thomas Flaherty

Tax Associate

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Eugene O’Neill FCA CTA

Managing Partner

Eugene is one of the founding partners of INSPIRED. He began his Corporation Tax career in a Big 4 firm in 2008 where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Prior to co-founding INSPIRED, he led tax teams within two multi-national practices. Eugene places paramount importance on developing in-depth knowledge of his client’s businesses and the long-term plans of business owners, this allows Eugene to advise on the best corporate structure to achieve his client’s goals.

Eugene is a highly experienced Capital Allowances and R&D tax specialist and enjoys working with innovative companies who are pushing their respective industries to new heights.

“You don’t need an agenda to meet your client’s and they shouldn’t be charged to meet for a coffee.”

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Michael Heinicke FCA CTA

Partner

At INSPIRED, Michael is the Partner with responsibility for tax technical knowledge and innovation.  With over 20 years of experience in business taxation, Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He also holds a Certificate in Customs & Trade from Chartered Accountants Ireland.  

Prior to joining INSPIRED in 2022, Michael spent 18 years in PwC across Manchester and Belfast and was most recently a Tax Director leading the Innovation & Capital Incentives practice within Northern Ireland. Michael also previously led PwC’s Corporate Tax business in Northern Ireland between 2015 and 2018.

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Colm Cavavagh ACA

Partner

With a strong presence in both industry and sporting circles, Colm has cultivated an extensive network of clients and contacts, demonstrating his expertise in relationship management. His adept skills in maintaining and expanding these connections underscore his commitment to building strong business relationships.

Recognised as a trusted adviser by both clients and peers alike, Colm is a Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience in practice and industry settings. Colm specialises in Business Development working closely with each client to ensure that all their Tax needs are met.

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Dominic Little FCA CTA

Tax Director

Dominic is a well-known tax expert, boasting an impressive career that spans over 30 years of experience in the industry.

With INSPIRED continuing to win major projects from large corporates across the UK, Dominic’s extensive expertise makes him the perfect fit to join the INSPIRED team.

Prior to joining INSPIRED Dominic spent 19 years in EY London before joining PwC in Belfast in 2005.

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Paul Gormley

Construction Specialist

Paul is not the standard recruitee for a financial services provider, but his input to the Company is perhaps, the best example of how INSPIRED deliver top quality service to their clients.

Previously a Senior Quantity Surveyor for McAleer & Rushe, Paul’s knowledge of the Construction Industry, including his ability to identify and validate new technologies and innovative practices, sets him apart from technical specialists in our field.

The value of Paul’s presence and input can be seen instantly during our meetings with Construction clients; their level of trust is clear as he has comprehensive understanding of their activities. Paul has input into not only our R&D claims but Capital Allowances, especially in cases where information is limited and re-calculation of capital works may be required.

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Cathal McGaughey ATT, CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Cathal manages key relationships with our clients across our specialist Tax Incentive and Tax Compliance projects.

His vast experience in Corporation Tax ensures our wider team are kept up to speed with all UK CT updates and that our clients are provided with the latest technical tax input.

With previous experience in a global accounting practice and a lifelong working background within a family agricultural business, Cathal’s insights are invaluable to our clients – particularly within industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and renewable energy.

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Paddy Pringle ATT, CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Paddy has not taken the traditional career path on his way to becoming an experienced and trusted tax advisor.

During his multi-faceted career to date, he has trained in both law and construction before taking up a training opportunity at a multi-national accountancy firm, where it became clear his construction knowledge provided great insight and value in helping construction clients with R&D and Capital Allowances claims.

Paddy also has extensive knowledge of the Capital Allowances regimes in both UK and Ireland this has included the preparation of historical and direct expenditure claims for properties ranging from standard warehouse units, high-end boutique hotels, coldstores and mixed use retail units.

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