Credit Union Act 1997

The independent accountant's report.


145. (1) The report of the independent accountant referred to in section 143 (1)(b) shall comprise the following—

( a) the names and permanent addresses of the officers of the credit union and, in so far as the independent accountant can establish, any person in accordance with whose directions or instructions the directors of the credit union are accustomed to act;

( b) the names of any other bodies corporate of which the directors of the credit union are also directors;

( c) a statement as to the affairs of the credit union showing, in so far as it is reasonably possible to do so, particulars of the credit union’s assets and liabilities (including contingent and prospective liabilities) as at the latest practicable date, the names and addresses of its creditors, the securities held by them respectively and the dates when the securities were respectively given;

( d) whether in the opinion of the independent accountant any deficiency between the assets and the liabilities of the credit union has been satisfactorily accounted for or, if not, whether there is evidence of a substantial disappearance of property that is not adequately accounted for;

( e) his opinion as to whether the credit union would have a reasonable prospect of survival as a going concern and a statement of the conditions which he feels are essential to ensure such survival, whether as regards the internal management and controls of the credit union or otherwise;

( f) his opinion as to whether the formulation, acceptance and confirmation of proposals for a compromise or scheme of arrangement would offer a reasonable prospect of the survival of the credit union as a going concern;

( g) whether, in his opinion, an attempt to keep the credit union in being would be likely to be more advantageous to the members as a whole and the creditors as a whole than a winding-up of the credit union;

( h) recommendations as to the course he thinks should be taken in relation to the credit union including, if warranted, draft proposals for a compromise or scheme of arrangement;

( i) his opinion as to whether the facts disclosed would warrant further inquiries with a view to proceedings under section 297 or section 297A of the Companies Act, 1963;

( j) details of the extent of the funding required to keep the credit union in being during the period of protection and the sources of that funding;

( k) his recommendations as to which debts incurred before the presentation of the petition should be paid;

( l) his opinion as to whether the work of the examiner would be assisted by a direction of the Court in relation to the role or membership of any creditors' committee referred to in section 160 ; and

( m) such other matters as he thinks relevant.

(2) The independent accountant shall supply a copy of his report under this section to the credit union and to the F289 [ Bank ] on the same day as his delivery of the report to the Court.

(3) The independent accountant shall also supply a copy of his report under this section to any member or creditor of the credit union on written application, provided that that supply may, if the Court so directs, be subject to the omission of such parts of the report as the Court thinks fit.

(4) The Court may, in particular, give a direction under subsection (3) if it considers that the inclusion of certain information in the copy of the report to be supplied under that subsection would be likely to prejudice the survival of the credit union as a going concern.




Substituted (1.05.2003) by Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland Act 2003 (12/2003), s. 35(1) and sch. 1 pt. 24 item 105, S.I. No. 160 of 2003, subject to transitional provisions in s. 36 and sch. 3 para. 26.