Authorities

 Ireland - Central Authority (Art. 2) & practical information
Address

Central Authority(ies):

Master of the High Court or the Deputy Master for the time being appointed

Contact details:
Address: Master of the High Court or the Deputy Master for the time being appointed
c/o Master's Section
High Court Central Office
Four Courts
Inns Quay
Dublin 7
Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)1 888.6000 / 6503 / 6508 / 6505 / 6442
Fax: +353 (0) 1 888.6125
E-mail: [email protected]
General website: Irish Courts Service
High Court
Contact person:  
Languages spoken by staff: English, Irish (Gaelic)

Practical Information:
(The following information was provided by the relevant State authorities or was obtained from the replies to the 2003 and/or 2008 Service Convention Questionnaires)

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
- the Central Authority;
- a practising Solicitor;
- a County Registrar; and
- a District Court Clerk.
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

Formal Service (Art. 5 (1)(a))
Personal or by post.

Informal delivery (Art. 5(2))
This method can be used where the addressee has indicated in writing that he will accept service, or that service may be effected by delivering documents to an intermediary e.g. a solicitor acting for him.

For information on methods of service, see:
Order: 121B Service of Foreign Process (Denmark and outside the EU, 2005)
Order: 121 Service of documents
Order: 9 Service of Summons

See also European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters – Service of Documents -Ireland

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):
It is the practice of the Irish Central Authority to insist on the translation of all documents to be served.
Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):
At present, it is not the practice of the Irish Central Authority to seek to recoup from the requestor the costs of service in Ireland.
Time for execution of request:  
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations made by Ireland under the Service Convention.
Art. 8(2): No opposition
Art. 10(a): No opposition
Art. 10(b): Opposition (see declarations)
Art. 10(c): Opposition (see declarations)
Art. 15(2): Declaration of applicability
Art. 16(3): No declaration of applicability

Derogatory channels (bilateral or multilateral agreements or internal law permitting other transmission channels)
(Arts. 11, 19, 24 and 25)

Disclaimer:
Information may not be complete or fully updated – please contact the relevant authorities to verify this information.

The Consular Convention between Ireland and the United States of America, signed at Dublin on 1 May 1950 provides in Article 17 (1) (g) that a consular officer may, within his district, serve or cause to be served judicial documents or take evidence on behalf of courts of the sending state in a manner permitted under special arrangements on this subject between the High Contracting Parties or otherwise not inconsistent with the laws of the territory. 

To consult bilateral and multilateral treaties to which Ireland is a party, click here.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Strasbourg, 13 November 2007) (European Judicial Atlas – Service of Documents).

Useful links:

Department of Foreign Affairs
The Law Reform Commission
Office of the Attorney General

(This page was last updated on 26 February 2014)

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