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David performed Irelandís first ever eNotarial act in February 2010, and is encouraging others to acquire and utilise the special skills of the eNotary. He is among a small group foremost in the movement to introduce and encourage eNotarial services in Ireland and which in particular, was engaged in dialogue with relevant government agencies.


The electronic documents legislation

An eNotary is a Notary Public who notarises documents digitally and published them electronically. The method employed by eNotaries is the use of a visible digital signature looking just like the conventional Notarial seal. eNotarising digital and digitised documents essentially consists of a standard PDF document that has several layers of authentication, first among which is the visible digital signature. This involves a memory stick containing a secure password of minimum 10 digits known only to the Notary in question, who in turn has been validated not only by Adobe though its worldwide network of certifying authorities but also by the Chief Justice of Ireland in the Supreme Court Office in Dublin. This maintains the integrity of the process. The potential uses of electronic notarisation is growing. In time it is hoped that the Department of Foreign Affairs will issue the eApostille as the digitised version of the conventional Apostille. This will take the form of an electronic appendix to the eNotarial PDF file, and form part of the file. Put together the new eNotarial act bearing the eApostille will be quicker, cheaper and easier than what we have been used to for millennia. At that point it is anticipated that the demand will expand exponentially for the eNotarial Act and eApostille, and there will be no going back.


The electronic Apostille | e-Apostille

New Zealand was the first country to issue e-Apostille. In Europe it was The Superior Court of Murcia (Spain) who issued the first electronic Apostille (e-Apostille) in 1998. This Apostille, issued within the framework of an international adoption procedure, is perfectly consistent with the model proposed under the e-APP (Electronic Apostille Pilot Program).

First and easiest step in the introduction of the e-Apostille in any country is the e-Register of Apostilles allowing anyone anywhere to verify on line that an Apostille is genuine.


eNotary in Ireland

David performed Ireland's first ever eNotarial act in February 2010, and is encouraging others vitally concerned to acquire and utilise the special skills of the eNotary.He is in a small group of Irish Notaries engaged in promoting the introduction eNotarising in Ireland which is currently engaged in dialogue with relevant government agencies.



The main subjects of electronic Apostille Pilot Program are: What is a digital signature? How does a Competent Authority use a digital certificate to sign e-Apostilles? How does the recipient of an e-Apostille verify its origin, including the current status of a Competent Authority's digital certificate? In early 2012 the current position in Ireland is that the procurement of the necessary software to install the eReegister has gone out to tender. The train is approaching the station !