Freedom of Information

The ODCE operates a Freedom of Information (FOI) service.  A form is available to enable the public to submit requests for information under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014.  

However, please be aware that the only records subject to disclosure are those relating to the general administration of the Office.  Records dealing, for instance, with the ongoing compliance and enforcement work of the Office are outside the scope of the Act, because premature disclosure could compromise the Director's ability to gather sufficient evidence to make companies and company officers accountable for their actions before the law. 

Before completing the form, you should satisfy yourself that the request is one which comes within the scope of the above conditions. If a qualifying FOI request involves the deployment of significant staff and other resources to fulfil the request, you will be asked to pay a fee to cover administration costs.


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The Director of Public Prosecutions v Mary Donnelly

Author: Maria Leavy/24 April 2017/Categories: Prosecution Cases 2017

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Woman pleads guilty to Fraudulent Trading

Acting on the directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gardai from the ODCE this morning arrested a woman and charged her with one count of fraudulent trading contrary to section 297 of the Companies Act 1963 (as amended). The woman was brought before Limerick District Court, where, following evidence of arrest, charge and caution she entered a plea of guilty and was sent forward for sentencing to the next sitting of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.

Full details of the charge are set out below:

"That you Mary Donnelly, between the 1st day of January 2013 and the 25th day of October 2013, both days inclusive, within the County of Limerick, were knowingly a party to the carrying on of the business of a company Shannonside Audio/Video Limited for a fraudulent purpose namely the dishonest solicitation of payments from Close Invoice Finance Limited trading as Close Brothers Commercial Finance by furnishing false or misleading invoices: Contrary to Section 297 of the Companies Act, 1963 as substituted by Section 137 of the Companies Act, 1990."

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