Irish online merchant to debate VAT-policies with government representative at the Global E-commerce Summit!


Less than three weeks to go to the biggest conferences in the e-commerce sector. From 14 to 16 June, the Fairmont Hotel Juan Carlos I in Barcelona will open its doors to the Global E-commerce Summit (GES). The Summit provides digital B2C commercial stakeholders a platform to learn about the latest and most impactful disruptions, develop and nurture professional networks and showcase e-commerce ecosystem services. The event – that is hosted by Ecommerce Europe and organized by BBP Media – is taking more and more shape as we are approaching the date.

This year, Ecommerce Europe is presenting four sessions within the program of the Global E-commerce Summit program. The policy sessions will engage with the following key subjects facing the e-commerce sector: consumer policies, VAT, digital currencies and parcel delivery. At this point, we are able to confirm new speakers for these policy tracks.

Ecommerce Europe is delighted to confirm new speakers to the program of the Global E-commerce Summit:  

Lorcan O’Connor

Director of Carroll’s Irish Gift Stores Carroll’s Irish gifts

Lorcan O Connor is a Director of Carroll’s Irish Gift Stores. They have 17 stores in the Republic and Northern Ireland & a large portfolio of properties in Dublin. Lorcan has been in retail for the past thirty years. He has been instrumental in the growth of Carroll’s online, which they won best online store in Ireland in 2016. Carrolls have been online since 2000.  He is part of the Retail Excellence E Commerce Committee for the past five years. Lorcan is heavily involved in the management of the Carrolls properties and the refurbishment and growth of all of their stores. He leads teams in both areas and is passionate about retail in Ireland. Lorcan is Chairman of Dublintown, the largest Business Improvement District in Ireland with over 2500 businesses.

Lorcan will contribute to the VAT policy session as a panelist at the Global E-commerce Summit.

Dermot Donegan 

Head of VAT Policy and Legislation Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Ireland

Dermot Donegan is head of VAT Policy and Legislation in the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland.  He is an Irish delegate at Council Working Party meetings and other Commission Groups.  He chaired discussions at Council on the new 2015 Place of Supply rules for Telecomms, Broadcasting and eServices which were agreed during the Irish Presidency.  He has worked in many roles within the Irish Tax Administration and spent 5 years in Africa as a Government adviser on GST and VAT.

Dermot will join the VAT policy track as a panelist at the Global E-commerce Summit.