JOSEPHINE Feehily took on the role of Revenue Commissioners chairwoman in the throes of recession in March 2008.
The 54-year-old career public servant was appointed by then Finance Minister Brian Cowen after her predecessor Frank Daly retired, becoming the first woman in the history of the State to head up the organisation.
Last year she announced the biggest probe carried out by her office was targeting the accounts of thousands of suspected tax dodgers. She also revealed that investigators had managed to claw back millions of euro from banks that had failed to meet their tax obligations.
She has been a revenue commissioner since 1998 after joining the organisation five years previously. Prior to that she worked in the Department of Social and Family Affairs and with the Pensions Board. She has also served as a member of the Labour Relations Commission. Last year she was appointed chairperson of the World Customs Organisation.
She is originally from Clarina in Co Limerick.