Termination - Society/Union

Industrial and Provident Society

Termination

Cancellation
The Registrar can cancel the registration of a society where

  • he is satisfied that the number of members has been reduced to less than seven;
  • that registration was obtained by fraud or mistake;
  • the society has ceased to function, if he thinks fit at the request of the society or, with the approval of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
  • it is proved to his satisfaction that the society exists for an unlawful purpose, or the society has, after notice from the Registrar, violated any provisions of the Acts.

This latter provision has been used by the Registrar in recent years to cancel the registration of several hundred societies which had failed to furnish annual returns, despite repeated reminders.

A society seeking to have its registration cancelled should apply to the Registry for the appropriate forms.

Dissolution
A society can also be dissolved under the provisions of the Companies Act 2014 in regard to the winding up of companies.

Another method of dissolution is by means of an instrument of dissolution with the consent and signatures of three fourths of the members. The appropriate forms can be obtained on application to the Registry. This form of dissolution is only available to agricultural and fishing co-operatives.

Link to Forms Page

Friendly Society

Termination

Cancellation
The Registrar can cancel the registration of a society

  • if he thinks fit at the request of the society or, with the approval of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation;
  • on proof to his satisfaction that registration was obtained by fraud or mistake;
  • that the society exists for an unlawful purpose or has, after notice from the Registrar, violated any provisions of the Acts.

This latter provision has been used by the Registrar in recent years to cancel the registration of societies which had failed to furnish annual returns, despite repeated reminders.

A society seeking to have its registration cancelled should apply to the Registry for the appropriate forms.

Dissolution
Another method of dissolution is by means of an instrument of dissolution with the consent and signatures of three fourths of the members in the case of societies other than friendly societies and of five sixths of the value of members in the case of friendly societies. The appropriate forms can be obtained on application to the Registry.

Link to Forms Page

Trade Union

Section 14 of the Trade Union Act (1871) Amendment requires the rules of a trade union to provide for the manner of dissolving the union and that the notice of a dissolution should be given to the Registrar within 14 days.