Every company incorporated in Ireland is required to have a Company Secretary (Secretary).
For a company with only one
Director, the Secretary must be a different person. If the company has two or more Directors, then
one of the Directors can act as Secretary. The Secretary can be another
company or an individual, including non-EEA residents, over the age of 18.
The secretary cannot be the following:
Under 18 years of age
An undischarged bankrupt
The directors of the company appoint the Secretary and have a duty to ensure that person has the skills
or resources necessary to discharge his or her duties.
The directors have a duty to ensure that the Secretary has the skills necessary to maintain the records
required under the Companies Act 2014 (e.g. Registers, Minutes).
The Secretary is not required to have any specific qualification under the Companies Acts.
Nominee Company Secretary businesses and comparison
Nominee Company Secretaries are businesses that act as Secretary for
your company. The Nominee Company Secretary will essentially allow you to use their name as Secretary. The service
provider will not take on any obligations (e.g. filing returns) of the company; those obligations remain
with the Director(s).
Below is a list of businesses that provide Nominee Company Secretary services to Irish companies and
the price they charge.