Here at Accountant Online, we’re focused on making the entire company formation process as easy as possible.
With that in mind, we have published this one-stop guide to help you gather all the information required to register an Irish Limited Company.
Alternatively, you can contact us directly and let us help you set up your company today.
In short, the details required for setting up a Limited Company in Ireland are:
- A company name
- Details of Directors, Company Secretary, and Shareholders
- Details of authorised and issued share capital
- Details of your registered and business address
- Valid ID and proof of address
We go through each of these items in detail below.
Limited Company Name
Your company name is one of the key pieces of information required to register an Irish Limited Company in Ireland. First, you should choose at least 3 proposed company names. Rank them in order of preference and let us do the rest. As a New Limited Company, you need to have a name that is distinguishable from other companies already registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO). Read our guide on choosing a business name.
- Like forming your company, finding the right company name is a big decision.
- It requires thought and creativity.
- Your company’s name will help build a strong brand identity.
- Delve into the culture and activities of your company and come up with a unique and distinguishing name for your new company.
Director, Company Secretary and Shareholders details
Who will be the Director, Company Secretary and Shareholders in your company?
The Director is responsible for managing the company. Irish Limited Companies need to have at least one EEA-Resident Director. If you don’t have a Director who lives in the EEA, you can purchase a non-resident bond on our website. This is a type of insurance that covers the company over certain claims, up to €25,000, for two years. After two years, you’ll need to renew this.
If you only have one Director, you will need to appoint a separate Company Secretary, (or outsource to a company secretary service in Ireland). If you have two Directors, one of these people can also act as the Company Secretary. As a Company Secretary, there are certain responsibilities. Many startups choose to outsource this role because they don’t have the skillset to look after their company’s compliance. Without a reliable Company Secretary, your company could face serious fines and penalties.
A Shareholder is a person who has shares in the business. Having shares in a business basically means that you own part of it. In Startups and small businesses, it is very common for Shareholders and Directors and/or Company Secretary to be the same people.
Authorised and issued share capital
Think of shares as pieces of the company that you can give away. Authorised shares are the number of shares that you can to give, both now and in the future. Issued shares are the number of shares that are actually given out and paid for. Shareholders are individuals who pay for shares. These are the people who own your company.
We recommend 100,000 authorised shares and 100 issued shares at €1 each. If you’re setting up a company on your own, you will most likely give yourself the 100 shares, meaning you have 100% ownership of the company. When there are two shareholders in a company who have 50 shares each, they both have 50% ownership of the company.
Registered address and business address
- The Registered Address is where the Company Registration Office send the business’s legal notices. For this reason, it is one of the most important pieces of information required to register an Irish Limited Company
- The Registered Address must be in the Republic of Ireland
- Information about this address will be publicly available to anyone who looks up your company on the Companies’ Registration Office
- If you don’t want to use your private address as your Registered Address, we offer a Registered Office Address. This allows you to use Accountant Online’s address as your Registered Office Address.
- Your official registered company address does not have to be the same as your business address (the place where you actually conduct your business)
Don't have an Irish address?
Our popular Virtual Office service is a combination of our Registered Address service and Business Correspondence Address service. Enjoy use of our Dublin 2, city centre address as the Registered Office address for your company. We will look after your company’s correspondence and forward all your company’s post to you on the same working day. Our correspondence addresses make sure you have a central location for your business mail. In this digital age, we understand that physical letters can get tossed aside. We make sure that doesn’t happen.
Verified ID and proof of address
When you’re setting up a new Limited Company with Accountant Online, you will need to provide us with certified copies of your ID (e.g. passport, identity card or drivers licence) and proof of address (e.g. utility bill, mobile phone bill, letters from Revenue). As members of Chartered Accountants Ireland, we need to “Know Our Customer” and this is a reasonable step for us to build a relationship with our clients.
How Do I Get A Document Certifed?
Getting your documents verified can be a simple and quick process.
- Take your ID and proof of address document (no older than 3 months old) to a member of your local Police, Bank, Town Hall, Solicitor, Chartered Accountant or Public Notary. Post offices in the UK can also do this.
- The authorised body will take a photocopy of your documents and sign and stamp the copy to say that they certify it to be a true copy of the originals.
How to start your company with Accountant Online?
- Gather Directors, Company Secretary, and Shareholder information.
- Determine how you’re going to split the company shares.
- Have a Registered Office address and a Business address.
- Submit ID verification for all Directors.
When you set up a company with Accountant Online, we guarantee to help you each step of the way. We know all too well how exciting this time is for you and we make sure the process is stress-free and easy. Let us do all the company formation work and give you time to focus on your business. Our Company Team are here to help you ensure that your company is compliant with company law.
Get in touch with us today and discuss setting up a company in Ireland.
- Email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone us on: +353 1 905 9364
Rachel is a certified company secretary from The Law Society College Dublin and currently leads the Company Secretarial Team at Accountant Online. Areas of expertise include Company Formation in Ireland and the UK, Company Secretarial procedures and regulations, and the Companies Act 2014 relating to small business and company directors.