Feehily to retire as head of Revenue in coming months
Revenue Commissioners chairman Josephine Feehily is to retire shortly, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners have confirmed.
The news emerged after the government publicly advertised the position of Commissioner yesterday.
"As the Top Level Appointments recruitment process takes a few months, Ms Feehily isn't in a position to be more exact about her departure date at present. However, she expects the new board to be in place for 2015," a Revenue spokesperson said. Ms Feehily's current colleagues on the Revenue board are Commissioners Niall Cody and Liam Irwin.
She has been chairman of Revenue since 2008 - succeeding current NAMA chairman Frank Daly - and has worked in the civil service for 41 years.
She joined Revenue in 1993 as head of HR, and also spent time as the tax collector's Accountant-General.
Ms Feehily came under fire at the end of 2011 after Revenue sent letters to 115,000 pensioners telling them they were underpaying their tax. She later apologised to the Oireachtas Finance Committee for the confusion and distress caused.
Ms Feehily was elected as chair of the World Customs Organisation in 2011, and held the position until June of last year.
In that role she met with autocratic Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, with whom she was pictured in April 2012. In November 2012, she was selected as Chairperson of the OECD Forum for Tax Administration.