The Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1893 - 2014 are the main legislative framework for the registration and regulation of co-operatives in Ireland. These Acts, which have remained largely unchanged since the time of Queen Victoria, are currently subject to review by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Co-operative Housing Ireland's initial submission to the review can be accessed here. Our submission calls for:
- the retention of separate business form for co-ops, apart from companies
- the language of the Acts to be changed to include the word 'co-operative'
- legislative clarity around the duties of directors of co-ops
- modernising provisions for e-returns and improvements in the language of the Acts