Joint Provisional Liquidators appointed to Charleville Credit Union

13 October 2017 Press Release

Central Bank of Ireland

  • Action taken in the best interest of members’ funds
  • Members’ eligible deposits are protected by the Deposit Guarantee Scheme
  • Savings in other credit unions not affected

The Central Bank of Ireland (“Central Bank”) has made an application today to the High Court to have provisional liquidators appointed to Charleville Credit Union Limited ("Charleville Credit Union”). David O’ Connor and Jim Hamilton of BDO were appointed as joint provisional liquidators.

The appointment of joint provisional liquidators to Charleville Credit Union does not have any impact on members’ savings in any other credit union. The Central Bank is conscious that there is a demand for the services of a credit union in the local area and is committed to ensuring credit union services are available in the community.

Deposit Guarantee Scheme

The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (the “DGS”) has been invoked. Deposits up to €100,000 per person per institution are protected under the DGS. Payments will automatically issue to the address held on file by the credit union. Members do not have to contact the credit union or the Central Bank, as compensation payments will automatically issue by cheque to all duly verified depositors. These payments will be made as early as possible within the statutory deadline of 20 working days. Further information and updates on the DGS can be found on

The credit union sector

The Central Bank remains fully supportive of the credit union sector in Ireland and is committed to the continued development of a strong and sustainable sector that meets members’ changing needs and protects their savings.

Steps leading to the application

The Central Bank has made this application as it has formed the view that Charleville Credit Union  is in breach of a number of regulatory directions and is in a distressed financial position.

In the absence of taking this action, it is the Central Bank’s view that there could be a disorderly failure of Charleville Credit Union.

In presenting its assessment to the court, the Central Bank outlined that it believes all feasible options available to the credit union to raise and maintain its reserves at the levels required by law have been exhausted. The Registry of Credit Unions has been engaging with Charleville Credit Union over a number of years seeking remediation of the weaknesses in its financial position. The Central Bank is of the view that the inability of the credit union to address its reserve position, despite previous receipt of external funding, has resulted in it being necessary to apply for the winding up of the credit union. The Central Bank is of the view that the credit union has been provided with the opportunity to address the issues concerned and, in the opinion of the Central Bank, they have not been adequately addressed. 

The decision to apply to the High Court to wind up Charleville Credit Union was made by the Governor of the Central Bank. The legal grounds under which the Governor made this decision are set out in the Central Bank and Credit Institutions (Resolution) Act 2011 (the “2011 Act”) and are as follows that:

  1. in the opinion of the Central Bank the winding up of the credit union is in the public interest;
  2. the credit union has failed to comply with a direction of the Central Bank under section 87 of the Credit Union Act 1997;
  3. the Central Bank considers it is in the interest of persons having deposits with the credit union that it be wound up.

The Central Bank takes the decision to use its legal power to apply to the High Court for the liquidation of a credit union having given due consideration to all of the relevant surrounding circumstances. The Governor of the Central Bank, having reviewed the Resolution Report which set out all of the relevant circumstances, and the legal powers available to the Bank, made the decision that the Central Bank should seek a High Court order for the liquidation of Charleville Credit Union. 

The application

The application to the High Court was made ex parte, thus Charleville Credit Union was not represented and has had no opportunity to make its case to the Court. At this stage of the process, for legal reasons, the Central Bank is constrained in terms of the specific details it can provide pending the decision of the High Court on winding up.

Next steps

The Central Bank‘s objective is to be as transparent as possible by providing information to reassure credit union members regarding the actions taken, while also fully respecting the legal process. In the interests of transparency, the Central Bank will publish the Resolution Report and accompanying  affidavit by Wesley Murphy of the Central Bank’s Resolution Division, which formed part of today’s High Court application, on  following the full hearing of the application for the winding up of Charleville Credit Union.

Further information