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Notaries gather in Westport


Mayo notaries public at the recent AGM of Irish Public Notaries at Knockranny House Hotel. Front, from left: Dean Marc Loftus, Dean Mary Casey and Mayo notary public Myles Staunton. Back, from left: Mayo notaries public Mairéad Bourke, Eanya Egan, Cathy Heneghan and Michael Brennan. Pics: Conor McKeown

The Notaries Public Ireland Faculty held its AGM in Knockranny House Hotel in March, before the current movement restrictions took hold due to the coronavirus. Notaries from Mayo and from the four corners of the country attended, including The Dean of the Faculty Mary Casey.
A notary public (simply known as ‘a notary’) is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business.
The notary, the oldest of the three professions of practising lawyers, shares many legal powers and functions with the solicitor and barrister, with the exception of litigation. The notary’s acts (certificates) are universally recognised and received in international exchanges.
A notary public (who must be a barrister or a solicitor) is appointed by the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, having undergone a rigorous programme of postgraduate study and having passed the Faculty Examination. Any solicitor wishing to qualify as a notary must attend the Institute’s Diploma Course, and on passing the examination, must then apply to the Chief Justice of Ireland for appointment.
Notary’s work includes notarising such documents as adoption dossiers for prospective adoptive parents, educational qualifications for working abroad, pension declarations for recipients in receipt of overseas pensions, powers of attorney for sales of overseas properties,  corporate documents and a variety of other miscellaneous documents for members of the public. For more information on the services that notaries provide, visit