Friday 23 March 2018

Accountant who advised Clayton is a favourite among the stars

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

GABY Smyth has been described as "the accountant to the stars".

The one-time musician turned accountant has his own firm based in Ballsbridge in Dublin and oversees the financial affairs of various figures from the worlds of music, film and theatre.

He is also chairman of Amnesty International Ireland and Screen Producers Ireland and a board member of the Dublin International Film Festival. A long-time associate of U2, he has travelled with the band overseas.

In 2001, Adam Clayton, on the recommendation of his bandmate Larry Mullen, appointed Mr Smyth's firm as his accountants, business advisers and tax agents.

Last month, Mr Smyth gave evidence at the trial of Mr Clayton's former housekeeper Carol Hawkins, who was accused of stealing €2.8m from her employer.

Mr Smyth said he recommended to the U2 guitarist that he remove Hawkins as a cheque signatory as soon as she admitted stealing €15,000 from him in 2008.

Irish Independent

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