Dáil debates

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

Company Registration

8:45 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I am aware that the Deputy wrote to the Secretary General of my Department about this issue. I believe she replied on 30 July, setting out a detailed response to some of the matters raised, particularly regarding 100 companies being registered at one address, and companies even being registered at the same building that the CRO is based in. I think the reply is robust, but that is not to say that we cannot improve things further.

I would like to restate that providing false information to the CRO is a criminal offence and can result in prosecution by the Director of Corporate Enforcement or the Director of Public Prosecutions. Arising from integrity checking undertaken by the CRO, concerns remain about 34 companies currently on the register. In addition, the CRO has not progressed the incorporation of a further 22 applications. In recent months the CRO has made six referrals to the Director of Corporate Enforcement arising from information provided in these cases.


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