Who we are

The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) is an independent statutory body which was established on 1 March, 2013.  Our objective is to restore insolvent persons to solvency.

The ISI carries out its remit through a number of Business Areas. These are:-

   Organisational Structure 2020 


What we do

The principal functions of the Insolvency Service are:-

a) to monitor the operation of the arrangements relating to personal insolvency, the Debt Relief Notice (DRN), the Debt Settlement Arrangement (DSA) and the Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) provided for in the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 (the Act),

b) to consider applications for Debt Relief Notices in accordance with the Act,

c) to process applications for Protective Certificates for DSAs and PIAs in accordance with the Act,

d) to maintain the Registers of Debt Relief Notices, Protective Certificates, Debt Settlement Arrangements and Personal Insolvency Arrangements;

e) to provide information to the public on the working of the Act,

f) to advise the Minister on any matter relating to its functions,

g) to authorise, supervise and regulate a person or class of persons to perform the functions of an approved intermediary,

h) to authorise, supervise and regulate individuals to carry on practice as personal insolvency practitioners,

i) prepare and issue guidelines as to what constitutes a reasonable standard of living and reasonable living expenses for debtors,

j) arrange for the provision of such education and training, in relation to the performance by them of their functions under this Act, of approved intermediaries, personal insolvency practitioners and other persons, as it thinks fit,

k) contribute to the development of policy in the area of personal insolvency,

l) carry out any other duties and exercise any other powers assigned to it by or under the Act such as the administration of the provisions of the reformed bankruptcy legislation , to manage the estates of bankrupt individuals with a view to realising assets for the benefit of creditors and arranging for the discharge from bankruptcy of the person concerned.


ISI Strategy

The ISI's strategy for the period 2019 - 2021 is set out in its Strategic Plan 2019-2021 and the key goals are

1. To manage and process the timely resolution of bankruptcy and insolvency solutions.

2. To regulate and monitor the performance of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPs) and Approved Intermediaries (AIs).

3. To be recognised as the leading authority on personal insolvency in Ireland.

4. To design, plan and implement an effective communications strategy, raising awareness of bankruptcy and insolvency solutions amongst our target audience.

5. To ensure effective corporate governance, develop our staff and enhance organisational capability.


Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

Section 6(4) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 requires each public body to publish a list showing the name, grade and brief details of the role and responsibilities of each “Designated Public Official” of the body.

The purpose of the list is to:

The Designated Public Official for the ISI is Michael Mc Naughton, Director. For more information see the Register of Lobbying at www.lobbying.ie

The ISI facilitates both a Protocol Oversight Committee and Consultative Forum. These groups are comprised of a number of interested third parties.


Protocol Background click here

Consultative Forum click here