Minister Donohoe announces members of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare

3rd June, 2021

Following on from the recent announcement of the establishment of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, TD., has today (Thursday) announced the members who have been appointed to the Commission. The Commission will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Friday).

Collectively these members will independently consider how best the taxation and welfare systems can support economic activity and promote increased employment and prosperity, while ensuring that there are sufficient resources available to meet the costs of the public services and supports in the medium and longer term.

Noting that the membership is limited in number and the broader strategic nature of the Commission’s work, each member has been appointed to bring a mix of direct experience and knowledge of several areas relevant to the Commission’s work, including taxation, welfare, economics, legal and broader civil society.  

The full list of members is as follows:


  • Chair of the Commission, Professor Niamh Moloney, Head of the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Marie Bradley, Managing Director, Bradley Tax Consulting
  • Philip Brennan, former Assistant Secretary, Revenue Commissioners
  • Sandra Clarke, President of the Irish Tax Institute, Partner in BCC Accountants
  • Rowena Dwyer, Manager of Policy, Planning and Government Relations with Enterprise Ireland
  • William Hynes, Senior Advisor to the Secretary General OECD
  • Philip Kermode, former Director, European Commission[1]
  • Aoife Ní Lochlainn, Irish Environmental Network
  • Rena Maycock, CEO and Founder of Cilter Technologies
  • John-Mark McCafferty, Chief Executive Officer, Threshold
  • Tom McDonnell, Nevin Economic Research Institute and ICTU Nominee
  • Fergal O’Brien, Director, IBEC
  • Barra Roantree, Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Anne Vaughan, former Deputy Secretary, Department of Social Protection

Commenting on the announcement Minister Donohoe said:

“I am pleased to appoint the members of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare all of whom bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this important work. 

The membership has been carefully selected to ensure a balanced consideration of the broad issues that are relevant to the Commission’s Terms of Reference including aging demographics, digital disruption and automation and the long term strategic commitments of Government regarding health, housing, and climate, as well as the Government’s commitment to a pro-enterprise policy framework and a stable and sustainable regulatory and tax environment. 

I wish the members well in their work and look forward to receiving their independent analysis and recommendations next year.”

Commenting on the announcement, the Chair, Professor Moloney, said:

“I am pleased that the members of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare have been appointed and that our first meeting has been convened this week. 

I look forward to working with my fellow Commission members in the coming weeks and months on this important mandate.”


[1] Subject to European Commission approval