Frequently asked questions

What is a credit union?

A financial co-operative, owned and controlled by its members, for its members.

Why do credit unions exist?

To service the financial needs of your community, on a not-for-profit basis, and to retain members’ savings in your community for the benefit of all the members.

Who owns a credit union?

The members own the credit union

Who runs First Choice Credit Union?

First Choice Credit Union is run by a voluntary board of directors who are elected by members at First Choice Credit Union AGM.

How much do I need to have in my account to be a member?

To be considered an active or full member you must have at least €10.00 in your share account.

What is the common bond?

A common bond defines the area within which the credit union can operate. People living or working within the common bond are eligible to join the credit union.

What exactly are Credit Union Shares?

All savings are called Shares in First Choice Credit Union. Each share represents €1 in value. So if a member has €20,000 saved, they in effect, hold 20,000 shares. Each year-end, the credit union pays a Dividend on the shares held by each member throughout the year. This dividend is credited into the members share account.

Do I have to save?

Members are encouraged to continue saving at all times, even when repaying a loan. When you save on a regular basis no matter how small the amount, you will be surprised how quickly your savings/shares can grow. Remember your savings/shares and your loan are protected by Loan Protection/Life Savings Insurance (LP/LS) at no extra cost.