Financial institutions

Dormant accounts
The Dormant Accounts Acts aim to reunite account holders or their next of kin with dormant bank accounts. Find out more.

Credit unions
Credit unions are organisations of people that save together and lend to each other at affordable rates of interest.

Financial institutions and identification
Before you open an account in a financial institution, you must show certain evidence of identity.

Money laundering
Money laundering is a very serious offence. This document looks at the steps that have been taken to combat this crime.

Opening and switching a bank account
Find out what the rules are for opening and switching bank accounts.

Central Bank of Ireland
Introduction to the functions and powers of the Central Bank of Ireland.

Financial transactions with other EU countries
This document discusses EU Regulations governing cross-border financial transactions in euro within the European Union. It also gives information on the Single European Payments Area (SEPA) which came into effect on 1 February 2014.

About the euro
The euro is the unit of currency of 18 EU Member States. Background on its introduction.

Using the euro
Find out about the advanced security features which make euro banknotes and coins recognisable and protect against counterfeiting.

National Payments Plan
The National Payments Plan aims to increase electronic forms of payment such as debit cards and electronic banking in Ireland.

Rounding of cash transactions
Rounding of cash transactions will be rolled out from 28 October 2015. An explanation of how rounding will work.

Standard bank account
Standard bank accounts are simple bank accounts with no fees or changes for normal services. This document gives information on the introduction of standard bank accounts.