Comhar Creidmheasa Ghaoth Dobhair Teoranta, Príomh Oifig Doirí Beaga. Donegal
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Savings

Savings at Gweedore Credit Union Limited

We all know the merits of saving money, either for something specific or for that “rainy day”. But saving money with Gweedore Credit Union means you also become a member of a highly successful co-operative. You are not just another customer - you are a member.

Each and every €1 you save is equivalent to 1 share in the credit union. If you begin to save regularly it won’t be long before you build up a healthy balance.

Some of the many benefits of saving with Gweedore Credit Union:

  • Easy access to your money through our main office in Derrybeg and sub office in Falcarragh or online
  • No hidden charges or fees on any transactions
  • Life savings insurance for eligible members
  • Nomination of account proceeds (see more information below)

When you save with us you are also building a history which will be taken into account in the future should you wish to apply for a loan.

The money you save with us is used by the credit union to fund the loans it makes to members. By saving with us you are indirectly helping your neighbours and the community to develop.

When a member who is over 16 years of age opens a credit union account, he/she is entitled to nominate a person (or persons) to receive his/her property in the credit union on his/her death. Property includes shares, deposits and insurance proceeds. This is of benefit if the member dies without leaving a will as the property left in the credit union will not have to pass through the sometimes timely intestacy process.

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Currently deposits up to €100,000 per person per institution are protected under the Irish Deposit Protection Scheme. Please see the Central Bank of Ireland's website for further information.

In addition to this, the Savings Protection Scheme (SPS) owned and operated by the Irish League of Credit Unions is also available to proactively intervene to protect members' savings by making available financial assistance to help any credit union which may experience difficulties.

Also, members’ savings are insured through Life Savings Insurance (subject to certain terms and conditions). For more details, visit the Insurance section.

Every share you hold with Gweedore Credit Union for the year is eligible for a dividend when declared. A dividend is the return on your shares and it is paid by your credit union out of surplus.*

*Past performance is not a reliable guide to future returns.

The amount of your dividend will depend on:

  • The amount of shares you have saved (one share is equal to €1/£1 stg).
  • The surplus income available for distribution by your credit union to members.

You can withdraw your savings provided they are not pledged as security on a loan. However, you are encouraged to keep your savings intact, so that:

  • They continue to earn a dividend
  • They continue to benefit from the Life Savings Insurance protection.

Under Credit Union Rule 22 (now amended to Rule 19) if your account becomes inactive for 3 years and we are unable to contact you within that period it may become a dormant account. It is in your own interest to keep it active by conducting regular transaction.

The account maybe reactivated by conducting transactions and supporting it with photographic I.D. e.g. passport/drivers licence/birth certificate for children and confirmation of address (not more than 3 months old) e.g. utility bill/revenue documentation.