What's New 2015


Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business will take place in The Tower Hotel Waterford on 30th April, 2015 from 8.00am to 2.00pm. This unique event has been specifically designed to help start-up businesses understand and benefit from the services provided by many of our State offices and agencies. You can Register on-line at www.takingcareofbusiness.ie or you can email info@takingcareofbusiness.ie for more information. Admission is free.


The CRO is carrying out maintenance to our website on Thursday 26th March. This will result in the CRO website being inaccessible from 1pm to 2pm. Our online services will still be available. We regret any inconvenience caused to the public during this essential maintenance. Thank you for your cooperation.

Companies Act 2014 commences June 1st 2015

From June 1st 2015, the Companies Act 2014 will be commenced. This Act will replace the Companies Acts 1963-2013. It is a consolidation of the old Acts with some new features including:

  • From June 1st 2015, all directors of companies must be over the age of eighteen.
  • From June 1st 2015, any director of a company who is subject to a foreign disqualification subsequent to their appointment, must file a form with the CRO. (This does not apply to directors who filed a form B74 with their notice of appointment - only to disqualifications not notified to the CRO previously). See Director Duties page.
  • From June 1st 2015, a new company type, a private company limited by shares under Part 2 of the Companies Act 2014, (LTD company) can be registered with the CRO and this company type can be a single-director company. This will be the only company type that can have a single director. See LTD company page.
  • From June 1st 2015, existing private limited by shares companies can decide to convert to this type, if suitable, or else they should convert to a Designated Activity Company (DAC) limited by shares.
  • From June 1st 2015, there will be changes to the registration of charges procedures. A new method of notifying the CRO is being introduced as the new Act is introducing a change to the priority of charges. See Mortgages page.
  • From June 1st 2015, the "Slavenburg file" will be closed and it will no longer be possible to submit particulars of a charge which does not relate to a registered company. Related to this, it will no longer be possible for an external company to register a Place of Business.
  • From June 1st 2015, it will only be possible for an external company which is a limited liability company to register with the CRO. Such external companies can register as a Branch EEA or a Branch Non-EEA.
  • From June 1st 2015, all existing external companies registered as Places of Business will be deleted.
  • From June 1st 2015, the voluntary strike-off procedure will become a formal procedure under the new Act. It will be possible for objections/cancellations to be submitted with regards to this within a 90-day period. The voluntary strike-off application will have to be made by all of the directors of the company.
  • From June 1st 2015, there will be a number of changes to the B1 form (annual return).


RFS - Cancellation List - Industrial and Provident Societies

The Registrar of Friendly Societies will move to cancel the registration of the following list of Industrial and Provident Societies due to their failure to file annual returns. These societies will be cancelled on 17th April 2015 unless all outstanding returns are filed by that date.  RFS Cancellation List Jan 2015.pdf

Core has had a face lift 

Please note that CORE has been upgraded to a modernised platform. It looks different, however the content and functionality are the same.  Link to CORE www.core.ie

CORE website homepage

The drop down menus now appear along the top of the page instead of on the left hand side.

CORE website. File a form

Companies Act 2014

The Companies Act 2014 was signed into law by the President on 23rd December 2014. This new Companies Act - will replace the Companies Acts 1963-2013. This Act is split into two volumes as a result. It is expected that the new Act will be commenced in June 2015. It has not been commenced yet and companies continue to operate under the Companies Acts 1963-2013. The citation remains the Companies Acts 1963 to 2013. (The new Companies Act will not be a part of the current legislation as it will replace the Companies Acts).

Please see area of the website which will deal with the new Companies Act and some of the changes that are being introduced.