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Searing Point is a firm of accountants founded on the principles of honesty, integrity, rigour, acumen, accessibility, empathy and tenacity. These principles inform the work we do on behalf of our clients every day.

  • We are responsive.
    Accessibility is a key service requirement for our clients we are available to assist our clients in addressing financial and business issues as they arise, this means that we will revert and acknowledge our client’s need instantly, and begin working on it immediately.

  • We are progressive, yet conservative. Our business sense, commercial antennae and understanding of our clients businesses maximise our ability to channel potential opportunities to our client businesses and to advise our clients in a strategic and tactical sense.

  • We value integrity, independence, ethics and accessibility as paramount principles. We are honoured to work with clients who share our guiding principles, with whom we can look forward to sharing a journey of mutual respect and success.


Andrew Rittweger

ACA, BAAF, MBS. Managing Director

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Consultant with over 10 years post qualification experience. Andrew completed his primary degree in Accounting & Finance and Masters in Business Studies (accounting) before training as a chartered accountant. He was principal of Rittweger & Associates Chartered Accountants for 4 years to 2013 and currently sits on the Members In Practice Committee with Chartered Accountants Ireland. Andrew has gained significant experience in advising SME’s and start-up with whom he is passionate about creating long term goals with the objective of securing future growth, wealth and profitability. 

Andrew is married with two children and is a former captain of ‘The Links’ Portmarnock GC including chairman of his local GAA club. He has a keen interest in sports, history, reading and spends his pastime with his family, friends and playing golf.

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Tom Weir

QFA, RPA. Director

Tom has been working in the Financial Services industry in Ireland for 17 years. During this time he has performed a wide range of roles in both the Insurance and Banking sectors and in particular has extensive experience in Wealth Management and Client Relationship Management.Tom is a member of the LIA in Ireland and is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and Retirment Planning Adviser (RPA).


Tom is married and has two children, He enjoys spending time with his family, Golf and Football.

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Julie Shortle

MIATI. Associate

Julie has over 25 years experience in book keeping. Julie’s career has been in the private sector with considerable experience in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and construction industries. Prior to joining Searing Point Julie spent the last two years with Rittweger & Associates Chartered Accountants. Julie is married with two children, she is actively involved in her local primary school, having spent a number of years on the fundraising committee she is now on the Management Board.

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Gemma Scott

Executive Assistant

Gemma's background is in Account Management within the creative services industry. She spent several years working in London in this capacity before returning to Dublin. She oversees the administration of the office and works with key clients to ensure the successful delivery of their ongoing requirements. 

Gemma is married to David and has one son. She likes running, yoga and cooking.   

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Ray Murphy

CTA, C DipA.F. Tax Director

Ray is an experienced Chartered Tax Advisor and financial manager. His tax practice has included several prominent clients and projects in the property and entertainment sectors. Ray started his career with the Revenue Commissioners after which he moved into private practice. Between 2003 and 2005, Ray managed an international property portfolio valued in excess of €3.0 billion across Ireland, UK, USA, Japan, Vietnam and Europe. This project included the sourcing of finance, preparation and execution of business plans, negotiations with tenants and liaising with tax professionals in the relevant jurisdictions. He has had his own tax practice since 2009, before which he was Tax Partner in a medium sized accountancy practice, where he was responsible for the establishment, management and development of the Taxation Consultancy & Planning arm of that practice. His particular emphasis was on the property, manufacturing and medical sectors. 

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Megan Peppard

Trainee Accountant

Megan is currently sitting the ACA exams. Megan enjoys working out at the gym and enjoys spending time with her friends.

Ruth Clarke

Financial Accountant

Ruth has over 25 years’ experience working in management accounts, her career started in London working in the Advertising sector. She returned to Ireland with her husband and two children after 19 years and continued her employment in the Media industry. In 2016 she joined Searing Point as our internal management accountant.

Her interests include running, skiing, travel and cooking for her family and friends.