Ella Dunphy has been appointed the first female president in the 50-year history of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV).
The Kilkenny woman, who has run DNG Ella Dunphy in Kilkenny since 2003, succeeds Brian Dempsey in the role.
The former banker has committed to prevail on the powers that be to address the current residential rental crisis, warning that it will worsen unless radical action is taken in the forthcoming budget.
She told The Irish Times: “The private landlord is taxed at a much higher rate than commercial landlords or vulture funds, which is blatantly unfair. If vulture funds and the like continue to receive disproportionate favour from public policy we’re in danger of rents being set in the boardrooms of multinationals where the bottom line will be profit margin with little or no consideration for tenants.”