Dormant Accounts Act, 2001


Section 8.


Each of the following shall be an institution for the purposes of this Act:

(a) a bank that holds or held a licence under section 9 of the Central Bank Act, 1971 ;

(b) a building society incorporated or deemed to be incorporated under the Building Societies Act, 1989 , or a body incorporated in a corresponding manner under the law of any other Member State of the European Communities;

(c) a trustee savings bank within the meaning of the Trustee Savings Banks Act, 1989 ;

(d) ACC Bank plc;

(e) An Post;

(f) a person authorised in accordance with the European Communities (Licensing and Supervision of Credit Institutions) Regulations, 1992 ( S.I. No. 395 of 1992 ), to carry on business in the State;

(g) a class or classes of person or institution specified in regulations under section 9 .


1. Accounts under the control of the courts, including accounts held by any of the following:

(a) the Accountant of the Courts of Justice or the Accountant, Four Courts, Dublin;

(b) a county registrar;

(c) a district court clerk;

(d) a judge of the Circuit Court;

(e) a judge of the District Court;

(f) the General Solicitor for Minors and Wards of Court;

(g) the Official Assignee in Bankruptcy;

(h) the Examiner;

(i) the Probate Officer;

(j) the Admiralty Marshall;

(k) the Courts Service.

2. The Companies Liquidation Account.

3. The Bankruptcy Dividend Account.

4. An account in respect of which—

(a) the institution at which the account is held has a lien, or

(b) there is a right of set-off in favour of that institution against a liability.