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CRO Changes: Irish Resident Director

CRO Changes to Companies Amendment Bill 2009

The Companies Amendment Bill 2009 has been passed through all stages of the Oireachtas. The entire Act will take effect as soon as it has been signed by the President.

Section 10 of the Act changes the requirement that at least one of the directors be resident in the State. For this purpose, the “State” has been changed to “Member State of the EEA” (European Economic Area). The EEA is all of the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

That means that a company, all of whose directors are resident in the UK, will not require a bond or certificate of a real and continuous link with one or more activities in the State.

Visit Companies Registration Office for more information on Business registration.

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Changes to VAT information for service companies

Changes to VAT information, Ireland

Companies involved in supply services have to register with VIMA.

With effect from 1st January 2010, Irish VAT registered suppliers must submit a VIES statement detailing all the VAT registered customers in other member states to whom he or she has supplied services, in respect of which that customer is liable for payment of the VAT due.

Companies can submit on a quarterly basis, or monthly as they prefer. All VIES statements should be e-filed through Revenue On-line Service.

For more details please visit the VIES section in VIMA or email vimahelp (at) revenue dot ie or LoCall 1890 251 010.

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No further budget cuts for Irish Language Organizations

No Further Budget Cuts Confirmed

Foras na Gaeilge confirmed last week that no further budget cuts to Irish Language organizations will happen this year. This is good news for organizations who now know their budgets for the year.

Éamon Ó hArgáin of Foras na Gaeilge confirmed on Raidió na Gaeltachta that the budgets cuts where now completed.

The budget for Foras Na Gaeilge was cut by 10% last year. They have also confirmed that they have sought cost reductions from a number of their suppliers to reduce costs by 8% in this area.

Foras na Gaeilge also intend to reduce the amount of sponsorship funding they provide, and the amount of money they spend on advertising.

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Immigrants Join Political Jousting, Upcoming Elections

Political Jousting in General Election 2009

With the June Elections drawing nearer, political parties are showing more interest than ever in harnessing immigrants’ potential, as both candidates and voters.

The Four main parties: Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and the Greens have selected candidates to stand. Together they have selected some 16 immigrants to stand.

The battle for a share of foreign nationals’ votes is being fought with the aid of Polish websites, multilingual leaflets and full-time migrant organizers.

In Mulhuddart, north Dublin, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have each selected a Nigerian candidate. Adeola Ogunsina is a petrol station manager in Mulhuddart and joined Fine Gael four years ago. He was drawn to the Fine Gael based on the party’s support of enterprise and small businesses.

Another candidate is and fellow rival from Fianna Fáil is Idowu Sulyman Olafimihan, who lives in nearby Clonee and runs his own security company.

Other candidates include Elena Secas of Labour, Anna Banko of Fianna Fáil and Tendai Madondo of the Green Party.

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VAT Increase from 21% to 21.5%

VAT increase, December 2008

Effective from 1st of December 2008, the standard rate of VAT will be increased from 21pc to 21.5pc. For example, this rate applies to supplies of motor vehicles, petrol, electrical supplies, furniture, carpets, adult footwear and clothing.

All translation invoices after this date will have the new VAT rate of 21pc applied.

For more information on the VAT changes, please refer to the revenue website.

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Equality ruling impacts contracts translation requirements

Equality Ruling on Goode Concrete

Through an equality ruling on the 20th of May 2008, a labour court ruling has potentially far-reaching implications for employers of foreign workers in Ireland today.

Goode Concrete based in Dublin, Ireland was ordered by the Equality Tribunal to pay 290K to 58 members of staff based on the fact they did not have work contracts translated.

The tribunal stated that the company should have explained to workers their terms and conditions on employment in a language that was understandable to them.

The key elements of the decision were based on the fact that “their terms and conditions of employment and safety documentation were not set out in a language which was understandable to them” and that “there was no evidence that these terms and conditions of employment were explained to each of them by a person speaking a language they understood.”

With the SME employing 330,00 foreign nationals in Ireland, this ruling has significant impact on employers here.

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Fianna Fáil Seeks Polish Members

Fianna Fáil asks Polish members to join party

Fianna Fáil recently launched their own Polish pages to invite members to join their party.

It shows a very interesting trend in Ireland and the depth of Polish nationals within the country.

The Fianna Fáil party’s Polish web pages.

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Foreign National Workforce as high as 22% in some industries

Enterprise Ireland logo, foreign national workforce discussion

At a recent Enterprise Ireland conference on Innovation, we met with a number of industry figures.

The percentage of foreign nationals in the workforce was a topic of conversation. A surprising part of the discussion was that industry figures show that in certain industries like catering / hotel business, the percentage of foreign national workers here in Ireland can be as high as 22%.

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New Irish account for 17% of workforce

New Irish only 17% of workforce

Ireland is a very fast and changing place to do business. According to statistics published by the Chambers of Ireland’s Labour Force survey (2007), 17% of the new Irish workforce is accounted for by foreign workers.

This is much higher than the most recent Central Statistics Office (CSO) figure of 10%.

Polish nationals in Ireland alone account for more than 60,000 of the population. Businesses in Ireland have a new target market with new communication challenges ahead. This increases the demand for Polish translation services from local translation agencies.

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Updated: 11th May 2015