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Starting a business in Ireland

Legal Forms of Companies

Private Company Limited by Shares (Ltd)
Number of partners: Between 1 and 149 shareholders.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required. Minimum one share per shareholder.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to capital subscribed.
Public Company Limited by Shares (PLC)
Number of partners: Minimum of 7 shareholders, no upper limit. At least two directors.
Capital (max/min): Minimum share capital allocated: EUR 25,000, of which at least 25% must be paid on issue.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to capital subscribed.
Unlimited Company (UC)
Number of partners: Minimum of 2 directors.
Capital (max/min): Minimum share capital allocated: EUR 25,000, of which at least 25% must be paid on issue.
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited and joint.
Limited Partnership (LP)
Number of partners: Maximum of 20 shareholders, 10 for a partnership in the banking sector.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to capital subscribed.
 

Business Directories

Financial Information Directories
Companies Registration Office - National register of companies in Ireland
Dun & Bradstreet - Worldwide directory with financial information on businesses

To go further, check out our service Business directories.


 

Professional Associations

General Professional Associations
IBEC - Irish Business and Employers Confederation
ISME - Irish SME Association
Enterprise Ireland - Organisation for the Development and Growth of Irish Enterprises

To go further, check out our service Professional associations.


 

Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company Ireland OECD
Procedures (number) 3.0 5.2
Time (days) 11.0 9.5

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

 
The Competent Organisation
The Irish Companies Registration Office.
For Further Information
Consult the Doing Business Website, to know about procedures for starting a Business in Ireland.
Companies Registration Office

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