The 42nd Annual Business & Finance Irish Business Awards in association with KPMG took place on Thursday, December 15th at The Convention Centre Dublin. President of Ireland Michael D.Higgins was honoured with the Inaugural TK Whitaker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Life, Sir Bob Geldof received the Outstanding Contribution to Ireland Award. They are respected and admired by their peers, clients, and social circles. Through their training and experience, their virtues, ethics, and character are tested as well as their technical and academic proficiency. They have achieved a degree of expertise beyond that of a ‘normal’ accountant, and proudly bear three capital letters after their name as proof.