LIMERICK woman Josephine Feehily - who was appointed the first woman as the head of Revenue - has stepped down from the post after five years.
A native of Clarina, Ms Feehily was appointed as chairwoman of the Revenue Commissioners to succeed Frank Daly by then Minister for Finance Brian Cowen in March 2008.
As the first ever female Revenue boss, the 57 year-old, who joined Revenue in 1993, is renowned within the civil service for her gender equality work and has served on a number of State bodies charged with improving gender balances in the workplace.
Now leaving in Meath, she regularly travels to Limerick, and speaking to students during a school talk in the city she urged them to seize whatever opportunities they were given in life, and explained that after joining the civil service straight from secondary school, she achieved all of her third level qualifications through night study.
She informed staff on Thursday last that she is to retire shortly, and the search is now on for a new head of Revenue.
The recruitment process for her successor has begun with an advertisement for a new commissioner on the Top Level Appointments Committee website (tlac.ie).
The closing date for applications for the role is October 2.