2013 News Archive

December 2013


New Companies Bill Survey

The Companies Act 1963-2012 will shortly be replaced by a new Companies Act. The legislation is currently passing through the Oireachtas. The Companies Registration Office is carrying out a survey to identify the best way of providing information to our stakeholders. We would be very grateful if you could fill in this short survey to help us with this task.

Update: 5th February 2014: The survey has now been closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.

November 2013


Christmas opening hours
Tuesday 24th December 2013 9.30am to 12 noon
Wednesday 25th December 2013 Closed
Thursday 26th December 2013 Closed
Friday 27th December 2013 9.30am to 1pm and 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Monday 30th December 2013 9.30am to 1pm and 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 31st December 2013 9.30am to 1pm and 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 1st January 2014 Closed
Thursday 2nd January 2014 Normal hours resume

The fast track restoration facility will be available as normal from 10.30am and 12 noon on the 27th, 30th and 31st December.

Because of the disruption caused to services over the holiday period, annual returns, where the deadline for filing falls between 24th December 2013 and 1st January 2014, will be treated as received on time if filed by close of business on Thursday 2nd January 2014 or captured electronically by midnight on Thursday 2nd January.

The Registrar and Staff of the CRO wish all our clients a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

Christmas 2013 Deadlines - New Companies

Deadlines for Incorporations, Change of Name, Reregistrations and Company Name Reservations

The CRO cannot guarantee that submissions received after the dates set out below will be processed before the Christmas break.

Scheme Date
Ordinary Scheme 3rd December 2013
Fé Phrainn Scheme 10th December 2013
Online A1 Scheme 13th December 2013
Change of name 9th December 2013
Reregistrations 9th December 2013
Company Name reservations 17th December 2013




The Government annually launch a Be Winter ReadyLinks to external website information campaign, which accompanied by the winter-ready booklet, gives information on being prepared, providing practical advice for coping during episodes of severe weather, as well as giving contact details of organisations and agencies that can provide guidance and assistance. The booklet and website was prepared by the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and the main message is simple - be prepared, stay safe and know where to find help should you need it.


An annual return due to be filed on Monday 28 October 2013 will be deemed to be filed on time if it is delivered to the CRO, or captured electronically, on the next working day - Tuesday 29 October. Where a filing deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday, the law provides for the deadline to move on to the next working day.


The Companies Acts state that a company must file an annual return at least once in each calendar year. A company with a 2014 ARD date must file an annual return with an effective date IN 2014 in order to meet this requirement and move their next ARD on to 2015.


ONE -STOP- SHOP - Taking care of Business

A one-stop-shop for taking care of business is taking place in Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle on 22nd October 2013 from 8.30am to 2.30pm. This free event has been specifically designed to help small and start-up businesses understand and benefit from the services provided by many of our State offices and agencies.

For more information go to: www.takingcareofbusiness.ieLinks to external website

October Peak - Filing Documents with the CRO

If posting an annual return to the CRO it should be sent to CRO, O’Brien Road, Carlow. The office in Carlow is for receipt of postal lodgements only and is not a public office. Alternatively, presenters can hand deliver to the CRO's Public Office in Parnell Square where you will be provided with a receipt for your documents.

The Public Office is open from 9.30am. Personal callers are reminded that the queues can be shorter in the Public Office in the morning time and should consider lodging their documents as early as possible to ensure they can be checked and receipts issued on the day.

The Public Office closes at 4.30pm but documents should be delivered before 4pm to ensure they can be checked and stamped and hopefully receipts issued on the day. If not they will issued the following day. Account holders should ensure that there is enough money in the account to cover the transaction before submitting their documents.



Slavenburg File List

A foreign company which has an established place of business or branch in the State, but which has failed to register with CRO as an external company, is obliged to deliver to CRO particulars of any charge created by that company over property in Ireland in the same way (using Form 8E) (F8) as a registered external company (per NV Slavenburg’s Bank v Intercontinental Natural Resources Ltd [1980] 1 All ER 955).

Submissions from the year 2000 onwards have been scanned and can be purchased from the website using the Individual Submission SearchLinks to external website facility. In order to facilitate this search, a pdf file is available from the website detailing a list of submission numbers and company names together with their received date. It will be updated on a monthly basis. See Slavenburg page.



Annual Returns Lost/Delayed in Postal System

CRO receives regular requests from companies to treat annual returns lost or delayed in the post as received on time. Section 127 of the Companies Act 1963 places the responsibility for prompt delivery of annual returns to the Registrar of Companies on the companies themselves. Therefore, under the law, the CRO cannot grant any concessions in respect of documents which are not delivered to the Registrar on time as a result of being lost or delayed in the ordinary post. Please see Newsletter Issue 122Links to external website for more information.

JULY 2013


CRO Annual Report

The Companies Registration Office Annual Report 2012 is available on the Corporate Publications page.

Electoral Amendment Political Funding Act 2012

This Act was signed into law on 6/11/2012. One of the provisions of this Act reduces the amount threshold for disclosure of political donations made by a company, society or trade union on an annual return form completed by a company, society or trade union. With effect from 7/11/2013 the threshold for this disclosure has been significantly reduced from €5,079 to €200.

Companies, societies and trade unions making an annual return up to a date on or after 7/11/2013 are required to disclose in that return all political donations in excess of €200 in the aggregate which were made by the company, society or trade union, as applicable, during the period covered by the annual return.

Companies, societies and trade unions making an annual return up to 6/11/2013 or earlier are required to disclose in that return all political donations in excess of €5,079 in the aggregate which were made by the company, society or trade union, as applicable, during the period covered by the annual return.

MAY 2013


Uncompleted Business Name Applications

THe CRO is currently reviewing all on-line Business Name Applications paid for by credit/debit card where the application has not been completed. An email will issue to customers advising how to complete or cancel the application.

Customers are advised NOT to send credit/debit card details via email.

CRO Gazette - change of publication day

Please note that the CRO Gazette will publish every Wednesday instead of Friday from today, Wednesday 8th May.

APRIL 2013


European Business Register

The CRO is a participant in The European Business Register. The register is a network of business registers kept by the registration authorities in most of the European countries. The EBR has issued a warning regarding a false website passing themselves off as the EBR. Please see note on the EBR websiteLinks to external website.

Change to Day of Strike-off: Day of Publication of Dissolution in CRO Gazette

The following changes will take place with effect from Friday 3rd May 2013:

  • The day that CRO strikes companies off the register (for failure to file annual returns) will change from Sunday to Friday (with strike-off occurring on Friday 3rd May instead of Sunday 5th May).
  • The day of publication of dissolution in the CRO Gazette will also change from Friday to Wednesday (with date of publication of dissolution occurring on Wednesday 8th May, for companies struck off on Friday 3rd May).

Please note that this will not affect the strike off process in any other way. The provisions of the Companies Acts 1963 - 2012 regarding statutory notices, time periods, and publication in the CRO Gazette have not changed and will continue to be adhered to. The change is administrative and does not affect any legal provisions.

Bulk Data

CRO sells its data in "bulk" through two products: one that provides regular uploads of data; and the other which delivers regular uploads of scanned copies of CRO documents. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation recently decided to license the sale of scanned copies of historic CRO documents. In this regard, a "full load" of all scanned copies of live CRO documents can now be purchased by clients who sign-up as a "bulk customer".

The images are priced according to their age, and are available under licence. For further information on the new product, please visit Re-Use of Information page.

MARCH 2013


CRO Easter Opening Hours
Thursday 28th March - Normal Hours
Good Friday 29th March - Closed
Easter Monday 1st April - Closed
Tuesday 2nd April - Normal Hours resume

Website Maintenance - Thursday 14th March

People may be encountering problems accessing their accounts/the Company Search Facility on the site. We hope to fix this problem shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Maintenance work is being completed on the CRO website today which means that the website will be unavailable from 2.30pm for a few minutes. Normal service will resumed shortly thereafter.



E-Filed Form C1

The Form C1, Particulars of a Charge created by a company incorporated in the State, can now be filed electronically using www.core.ieLinks to external website. An electronically filed C1 has a filing fee of €40.

CORE website

From Wednesday March 6th, the CRO will be migrating CORE (www.core.ie) to a new address: core.cro.ie. The old address will continue to work and users will be automatically redirected to the new address.

Where users have bookmarked pages within CORE this may result in them receiving a warning message from their internet browser. If you experience any issues please return to http://www.core.ie, where you will be redirected to the new address core.cro.ie to login.



Processing Dates: Annual Return receipt date information and Business Name registration information can be found on the Processing Date Page.


Company Bill 2012

The Companies Bill 2012 has been published and is available from the Oireachtas websiteLinks to external website. The Bill proposes many changes to Company Law and consolidation of the various Companies Acts. The Bill is a piece of proposed legislation awaiting enactment. It will still be some time before enactment and the Bill may undergo some changes. Please also see Information on Bill based on first draft. The Bill does not yet have legal effect.


B1- Annual returns and accounts - SEND BACK LETTERS

Where an annual return is sent back by CRO for correction or for fees, Section 249A, Companies Act 1990, requires that the errors/omissions must be corrected and a fully compliant document delivered to the CRO within 14 days.

If a fully compliant document is not delivered to the CRO within 14 days, the original document will be deemed not to have been delivered to the Registrar. The re-submitted document will then be treated as a fresh submission, potentially resulting in the company incurring late filing penalties and losing any entitlement to claim audit exemption for two years.


CRO Open Services - Extended Functionality

The CRO has further developed its "Open Services" facility. Open Services is an Application Programming Interface (API) which allows software developers include free company and submission data from the CRO in their applications.

From 29th November, Customer Account holders who are registered for Open Services can now also integrate the streaming of documents from the CRO into their applications. This enables developers to display a document for a submission directly to their customers and to dramatically cut the lead time in purchasing an image.

Cost per image is the same as it is to purchase the image directly through the CRO company search site.

To sign up and read more technical information, please visit https://services.cro.ie/


CRO Customer Accounts

All Customer Account details, including recent transactions and statements, are now available on-line in www.CORE.ie. Accordingly, from 1 January 2013, the CRO will no longer be issuing Customer Account statements by post.

In order to view your Customer Account details on-line, if you have not already done so, you will need to register in CORE by clicking on https://core.cro.ie/Main/register_iri.jsp.

Once registered, you can view your transactions by clicking on My Accounts/ Add/ and by entering your customer number and PIN. You will only need to do this once and all of your details will be available each time you log in to CORE.

The new facility offers Account holders a range of additional features such as

  • the facility to view up-to-date transactions and the current balance,
  • to open a statement either in Excel or in a printable format which replicates the old Statement,
  • to access all statements since the account was opened,
  • to deposit funds or open a new account on-line.

A new Customer Account can be opened on-line at https://www.cro.ie/search/NewCustomer.aspx. The Account can be topped up using a Credit Card and can be used to pay for filing fees and penalties when filing submissions electronically through CORE.