Company Registration in Ireland - Business Starting & Setup

Want to set up a firm in Ireland? We can assist you in starting a business or in buying a shelf company in Ireland with a full package of necessary documents, legal advice and follow-up support. Incorporation of a firm in Ireland includes provision of a registered office (for at least 1 year in any of our service plans), an apostilled set of constitutional documents, secretarial services and assistance with compliance fee and pre-approval for opening an account in banks of Ireland. The total price of company formation in Ireland includes all necessary fees and charges for the first year of operation, as well as full one-year nominee service (package Optimum).

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Secretarial services for the first year
Fees and duties for the first year
Apostilled bound set of incorporation documents
Nominee service per year
Bank Account Pre-approval
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Corporate Information

Legal system

Ireland is a common law jurisdiction based on English common law.

The basic law of Ireland is Constitution of 1937.

Companies in Ireland are regulated by Companies Act, 1963.

Types of entity in Ireland

The principal forms of business organization in Ireland are:

  • sole trader;
  • limited partnership;
  • private company limited by shares;
  • designated activity company (DAC);
  • company limited by guarantee not having a share capital;
  • company limited by guarantee having a share capital;
  • public company limited by shares;
  • unlimited company;
  • branch of foreign company.

The most common structure is the private company limited by shares.


Company name

There is a range of requirements to the company name in Ireland:

  • All company names must end with the following words or their abbreviated forms: limited (ltd) or teoranta (teo);
  • It should not be identical to or too similar to a name already appearing on the register of companies
  • It should not be offensive
  • It should not suggest state sponsorship
  • It should not contain the following words: "standard", "bank", "banker", "banking", "banc", "hollybank", "sweetbank", "canal bank", "bancorp", "insurance", "re-insurance", "assurance", "society", "co-op", "co-operative", "group", "holdings" or "international".

Registration of company in Ireland

The following steps are required to incorporate a Limited liability company in Ireland:

Check and reserve a company name online: you may check and reserve a company name with the Companies Registration Office in electronic form. A company name can be reserved for a period up to 28 days.

File necessary materials with the Companies Registration Office (CRO): A founder may register a company at the Companies Registration Office (CRO) by three methods:

  1. The CORE registration system, in which the papers for incorporation are lodged in print and electronic form. Under this scheme, the memorandum and articles of association must be submitted in CRO preapproved format. After the documents are filed, the CORE incorporates the company within 5 working days.
  2. A “Fe Phrainn” system, in which (as detailed in the first method) the incorporation documents are submitted to the CRO in a preapproved format. Under this method, however, documents are submitted in print form only, and the CRO incorporates the company within 10 working days.
  3. An alternate system in which the incorporation documents are submitted to the CRO in print form, but the memorandum and articles of association are not in a preapproved format. In this instance, the CRO incorporates the company in 2–4 weeks.

To access the first two systems, to the company founder must apply to the CRO for an access number and have the memorandum and articles of association approved in advance. Usually only professional agencies use the expedited systems.

Necessary documents for limited companies:

  • Single document constitution
  • List of directors, secretary, and subscribers
  • Statement of nominal (authorized) and issued share capital and consideration paid
  • Notice of registered office.
  • Statement of the main business activities and the address where they will be carried out, contained in a statutory notice sent to the CRO.

Forms can be downloaded from the CRO Web site. For all methods, a CRO Form A1 must be submitted with details of the company name, the first election of directors and secretary, and the subscribers to the memorandum and articles of association; the authorized and issued share capital; and the registered office and the details of the location in the state where the central administration and the main company activities are proposed to be undertaken. The memorandum and articles of association, signed by the subscriber shareholders, will also be submitted to the CRO.

As of April 2006 professional incorporators do not have to reregister the preapproved memorandum and articles of association. When using the CORE system only those pages that are company specific of the pre-approved memorandum and articles of association need be submitted with an application to incorporate a company.

A registration fee of EUR 100 is charged for each model memorandum and articles of association registered with the Office.

Get a company seal: In addition to getting a company seal, the company must keep the statutory registers for the directors and shareholders.

Register for corporation tax, social insurance (PAYE/PRSI) and VAT with the Revenue Commissioners: To register for corporation and VAT taxes and for social insurance (PAYE / PRSI) with the Revenue Commissioners, the company must file Form TR2. The tax identification number is needed only when the company must pay year-end taxes. Upon entering form data into the Commissioners database, the company is immediately registered for PAYE / PRSI. However, VAT registration requires an additional 5–10 working days.

The formation of a new company in Ireland takes about 10 days.

Local bank account

Applying for a local bank account depends on the activities to be carried on by Irish Company. Generally, if payments are to be made to the Company locally or if the Company is to make payments locally it might be best to have a local bank account. It will be necessary to provide the Bank with information for each of the company’s directors i.e. copy of passport/driving licence and a copy of a utility bill. It may be prudent to have a local bank account to facilitate Revenue Commissioner refunds and payments.

Local registered office

An Irish company must have a registered office in Ireland and must include its company name and registered office in all business letters, correspondence, notices, negotiable instruments and letters of credit.

The registered office of a company is that to which CRO correspondence and all formal legal notices addressed to the company will be sent. The registered office can be anywhere in the State.

It is most important that the company's registered office is kept up-to-date, so that the company will receive all correspondence. The original registered office is entered on the form A1 to incorporate the company. The registered office can be changed electronically, via the CORE website, free of charge.

All company books, including register of members, minutes of meetings, register of directors and secretaries, seal and records must be kept at the registered office.


All companies incorporated in Ireland must have a company seal. This is often referred to as the ‘common seal’ and will be a device with two opposing metal plates on which the name of the company will be engraved which, when pressed together on a sheet of paper, will leave the name of the company clearly embossed thereon. Irish law requires that every company must have its name legibly engraved on its seal. Common seal is not to be confused with a rubber stamp with the name of the company. Any contract required by law to be in writing and under seal is made by a company in writing under its common seal.


The redomiciliation of companies to or from Ireland is permitted.

Company Structure


Every Irish company is required by law to have at least one Director. The first Directors are nominated by the founding Members and are identified in the Form A1. They will remain in office until the first AGM and may be re-elected.

Directors can only be individuals. At least one of the directors is required to be resident in a member State of the EEA. The requirement to have at least one resident director from a member State does not apply to any company which for the time being holds a bond, in the prescribed form, in force to the value of EUR 25,394.76 and which provides that in the event of a failure by the company to pay the whole or part of -

  • a fine imposed on the company in respect of an offence under the Companies Acts, 1963-2013, committed by it, being an offence which is prosecutable by the Registrar of Companies and
  • a fine imposed on the company in respect of an offence under section 1078 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 and
  • a penalty which it has been held liable to pay under section 1071 or 1073 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997,

there shall become payable under the bond a sum of money for the purpose of same being applied in discharge of the whole or part of the company's liability in respect of any such fine or penalty.

The bond must have a minimum period of validity of two years, commencing no earlier than the occurrence of the event giving rise to the requirement for the bond.

A person shall not at particular time be a director of more than 25 companies. Where a person is director of two or more companies, one of which is the holding company of the other(s), these are counted as one company.

The Board must meet at least once a year and each Director must be given at least 7 days notice of the meeting. Board meetings can be held inside or outside Ireland but to establish tax residence in Ireland, regular (at least quarterly) meetings should be held in Ireland. It is possible to hold Board Meetings by telephone/electronic communication but for tax purposes it is recommended that this is not done.


Every Irish company is required by law to have a Company Secretary. The Company Secretary is appointed by the Board of Directors. The secretary may be one of the directors of the company. A body corporate may act as secretary to another company.

Companies have a statutory duty to ensure that the Company Secretary is a person who appears to them to have the requisite knowledge and experience to discharge the functions of a Company Secretary. The first secretary of the company must be named in the documents filed with the Companies Registration Office.


All Irish companies must have at least one shareholder at the time of incorporation. The maximum number of shareholders in a private limited company is ninety nine.

Corporate shareholders are allowed. There is no restriction on the nationality or residency of the shareholders.

The names of shareholders do appear on public records.

All companies must every year hold an annual general meeting. Not more than fifteen months should elapse between AGM's. General Meetings can be held inside or outside Ireland.


From 2019, Irish companies and other legal entities registered in the country must create their own internal Beneficiary Registers.

Individuals who are the beneficiaries of the companies must inform the management of the companies themselves.

The Beneficiary Registry contains the following information: Name, date of birth; nationality; address of residence; and a statement of the nature and extent of each beneficiary's ownership and control.

In addition, the Register contains the date the person was added as a beneficiary and the date the person ceased to be a beneficiary.

The information is accessible to:

  • Competent authorities and financial intelligence units;
  • Institutions that are required to conduct due diligence - including investment funds and banks;
  • Persons who have a "Legitimate Interest" in obtaining the information.

Share capital and shares

Share capital of an Irish company should be denominated in Euros. If the company is to be single member the minimum can be as small as EUR 0.01, but more usually EUR 1.00. If it is a multiple member company, a private company’s minimum is EUR 0.02, but again more usually EUR 2.00.

Usually, the standard issued share capital is EUR 100 with a nominal value of EUR 1.00 each.

Bearer shares and shares with no par value are not allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Company Registration in Ireland

Why do companies register in Ireland?
Many companies choose to register in Ireland for a number of reasons, including the following - 1) Attractive Tax Regime: Ireland has a low corporate tax rate of 12.5%, which makes it an attractive destination for multinational corporations looking to reduce their tax burden, 2) English-speaking workforce: Ireland has a highly skilled and English-speaking workforce, making it an attractive destination for companies looking to set up operations in Europe, 3) Access to the EU Market: Ireland is a member of the European Union, which provides companies with access to a market of over 500 million consumers, 4) Favorable Business Climate: Ireland has a pro-business government and a favorable business climate, which includes a supportive regulatory environment and access to financing, 5) Strong Legal System: Ireland has a strong legal system and a well-developed infrastructure, which helps to attract investment from foreign companies. In summary, Ireland offers a combination of low taxes, access to the EU market, a favorable business climate, and a highly skilled workforce, which makes it an attractive destination for companies looking to set up operations in Europe.
Is Ireland a tax haven for companies?
Ireland is not considered a tax haven, but it has a favorable tax regime for companies. The country has a low corporate tax rate of 12.5%, which is one of the lowest in Europe. This, along with a highly skilled workforce and a favorable business environment, has made Ireland an attractive location for foreign companies to establish their European operations. Additionally, Ireland has a comprehensive network of double taxation agreements with other countries, which helps to reduce the tax burden for multinational companies operating in Ireland. However, it's important to note that while Ireland has a low corporate tax rate, it's not a tax-free jurisdiction and companies are still required to comply with local tax laws and regulations.
How much does it cost to incorporate a company in Ireland?
The cost of incorporating a company in Ireland can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the type of company being formed, the services you require, and the speed at which you want the process to be completed. Some common expenses include fees for registering the company, legal fees, accounting fees, and costs associated with obtaining any necessary licenses or permits. The minimal fee for registering a company is USD 6540.
Can a foreigner register a company in Ireland?
Yes, a foreigner can register a company in Ireland. The process of incorporating a company in Ireland is similar to the process for a resident, and there are no specific restrictions on foreign ownership of companies in Ireland. However, it is important to comply with Irish company law and regulations, including those related to taxation, registration, and compliance with local labor laws. Before incorporating a company in Ireland, it is advisable to seek the advice of a professional, such as a lawyer or accountant, who can provide guidance on the process and the specific requirements that apply to your company.
How long does it take to set up a company in Ireland?
The process of setting up a new company in Belgium, from applying for registration to receiving a set of documents, is 10 days.

Core Services and fees for the formation of a company in Ireland

— Incorporation

Price5 390 EUR

including incorporation tax, state registry fee, NOT including Compliance fee

— Annual government fees


Stamp Duty and Companies Registration Office incorporation fee

— Corporate legal services

Price3 490 EUR

including registered address and registered agent, NOT including Compliance fee

—Delivery of documents by courier mail

Price250 EUR

DHL or TNT, at cost of a Courier Service

— Apostilled set of Statutory documents

Priceform 970 EUR

Basic set of documents for setup of a company in Ireland

Certificate of Incorporation

Memorandum and Articles of Association

Minutes of the Meeting of Directors

Share Certificates

Page with Apostille

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    Local Nominee Director

    Pricefrom 3 500 USD

    Paid-up “nominee director” set includes the following documents

    Resolution effecting the issuing of Power of Attorney

    Apostilled Power of Attorney

    Consent Letter

    Director Resignation Letter

    Nominee Director’s Declaration

    Resolution effecting the change of Director

    Resignation of Companies Secretary and Directors

    Nominee Shareholder

    Paid-up “nominee shareholder” set includes the following documents

    Deed of Trust

    Instrument of Transfer

    Stock Transfer Form

    Compliance fee in Ireland

    Compliance fee is payable in the cases of: incorporation of a company, renewal of a company, liquidation of a company, transfer out of a company, issue of a power of attorney to a new attorney, change of director / shareholder / BO (except the change to a nominee director / shareholder), signing of documents


    Price350 USD

    simple company structure with only 1 physical person

    For legal entity in structure under GSL administration

    Price150 USD

    additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

    For legal entity in structure not under GSL administration

    Price200 USD

    additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure NOT under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

    For client with high risk Status

    Price450 USD

    Signing of documents

    Price100 USD

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