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Companies Act 2014

The Companies Act 2014 consolidates the existing 17 Companies Acts, which date from 1963 to 2013, into one Act and it also introduces a number of reforms, which are designed to make it easier to operate a company in Ireland.

The Act provides significant benefits to companies by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and making company law obligations easier to understand. This landmark legislative project, which is the largest substantive Act in the history of the State, brings significant benefits to companies of all types throughout the country, and is part of the Government’s drive to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business.

The Act came into effect on 1 June, 2015. Set out in 25 Parts, 1,448 sections and 17 Schedules, the Companies Act 2014 provides for a number of different company types and provides for company incorporation, everyday administration and management, to winding up and dissolution. The Act incorporates the rights and duties of its officers, shareholders and members as well as creditors.

On this page you will find links to the Act and secondary legislation, overviews of the Act, Minister’s speeches and press releases about the Act, as well as some helpful quick guides. There are also links to useful information provided by other offices and agencies of the Department. 

Companies Act 2014

Explanatory Memorandum to Companies Act 2014

Statutory Instruments relating to Companies Act 2014

Tables of Origins and Destinations

Summaries of the Companies Act 2014

Quick guides to the Companies Act 2014

Policy Background to the Companies Act 2014, covering the original Bill and Amendments

Explanatory Memorandum to Companies Bill 2012

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