Public consultation on proposed legislation regarding Co-operative Societies

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is seeking the views of stakeholders on certain aspects being considered for inclusion in forthcoming Co-operative Societies legislation.

Currently, the Industrial and Provident Societies (IPS) Acts 1893-2021 provide the statutory basis for the formation and general operation of industrial and provident societies and is the primary legislation within which co-operatives operate. It has long been acknowledged that the IPS legislation is no longer fit for purpose in a number of areas.

Work is nearing completion on proposed legislation to repeal the IPS legislation and provide a modern and effective legislative framework suitable for the diverse range of organisations using the co-operative model in Ireland.

The Department is now consulting on a number of specific issues prior to finalising legislative proposals. 


Deadline for submissions: 5pm on Friday, 25 February 2022

Respondents are requested to make submissions using the Response Template to

Update November 2022

Policy response

The Department has published a policy response in relation to the issues raised in the public consultation which is available here: Reform and modernisation of legislation regarding Co-operative Societies: Policy response to issues raised in public consultation

Publication of submissions

Submissions to the consultation are available to download below.


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Topics: Company and Corporate Law