About the Irish League of Credit Unions

The Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) is the largest credit union representative body on the island of Ireland. It was founded to provide representation, leadership, co-operation, support and development for credit unions in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Credit unions affiliated to the ILCU elect the leaders of the ILCU and ultimately drive what the ILCU delivers - the ILCU responds directly to the needs of the affiliated credit unions.

As an advocate of the credit union ethos of mutuality, volunteerism, self-help and not for profit philosophy, the ILCU has a vision to influence and inspire the credit union movement to achieve all its goals – social, economic and cultural – while always respecting the individual’s rights and dignity. The ILCU achieves its vision in the following ways;

  • Providing leadership for the movement in philosophy and services
  • Fostering and maintaining unity and co-operation between credit unions
  • Developing and making available to credit unions and their members, a full range of highest quality financial products and services
  • Recognising the value of volunteers, staff of the credit union movement and the dignity of credit union members and their value in the community by their contribution to the social development of communities in Ireland and other countries.

The activities of the ILCU include promoting the credit union idea and ethos; representing affiliated credit unions with Government, the EU and other agencies, and providing central services to credit unions.

The services that the ILCU provides can largely be broken down into the following four headings:

• Trade and Representative Association

• Business Support Services

• Monitoring/Supervisory Activities

• Movement-Wide ICT Services