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Ireland - Incorporation

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The main provisions of the legislation which govern the formation of companies in Republic of Ireland are:

  • All Irish companies should have two directors, one of whom, is a resident in a member state of the EEA. The Registrar of Companies can issue exemptions, under particular circumstances;
  • A company’s registered office has to be within the Republic;
  • Audited statutory accounts have to be presented to shareholders within nine months of year end;
  • Private companies are required to have their annual accounts audited, but exemptions can apply; and
  • Irish companies can be liquidated by seeking a voluntary dissolution or through either a creditors’ or members' liquidation.