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Credit Union Restructuring Board (ReBo)

Published: 24 January 2019
From: Department of Finance

The Credit Union Restructuring Board (ReBo) was established on 1st January 2013 under Part 3 of the 2012 Act.

As recommended by the Commission on Credit Unions, ReBo was established to oversee and facilitate a restructuring programme.

Under the restructuring process, credit unions approved by ReBo for restructuring were provided with funding, where required. Funding was subject to specific conditions to ensure they had adequate capital and to upgrade systems.

The Commission was aware that restructuring would not be for all credit unions. Some credit unions will continue to operate successfully on a stand-alone basis, should they so choose, and if they have a viable business model capable of meeting regulatory requirements.

31st March, 2016 was the final date for acceptance by ReBo of any further restructuring proposals from credit unions.

ReBo has facilitated and overseen credit union restructuring on a voluntary, incentivsed and time bound basis and completed the performance of its restructuring functions by 31 March 2017.

View a chart of credit union numbers from 2006 - 2016.

By the time ReBo ceased operations on 31st March, 2017, it had supported a total of 117 merger projects involving 212 credit unions.

Of these 117 merger projects, 82 projects had concluded mergers involving 156 individual credit unions.

A final section 43 review of ReBo’s work has demonstrated that ReBo has completed the performance of its functions under Part 3 of the 2012 Act and the Minister for Finance has agreed to dissolve ReBo.

It was intended that ReBo would be dissolved by Order as set out in s43 of the 2012 Act.

However, following legal discussions with the Attorney General’s Office, it was advised that the most effective way to dissolve ReBo is by way of primary legislation to ensure continuation of certain sections within Part 3 of the 2012 Act.

Draft Heads of the Bill for dissolution of ReBo were approved by government in December, 2017. They are currently being drafted by the Office of the Atttorney General.

Contracts of the 2 remaining staff of ReBo concluded on 31st July 2017 and the Minister accepted the resignation of the Board on 31st July 2017.

While awaiting legislation to wind-down ReBo, the Minister for Finance approved the appointment of two department officials to the board of ReBo from 1st August 2017. This was in order to manage matters during the period up to the wind-down.

While ReBo has completed its restructuring functions, any outstanding projects have been transferred to the Central Bank.

In addition to those projects, 23 additional projects commenced post ReBo. This shows that restructuring of the credit union sector is continuing.

Restructuring of the Credit Union Sector in Ireland 2013 – 2017 is ReBo’s final report, which was published in July 2017.

Queries in relation to ReBo, should be addressed to:

Department of Finance
Address: Shareholding and Financial Advisory Division, 7 – 9 Merrion Row , Dublin 2 ,

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