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An exporting powerhouse

Ireland is connected to the world through our transport links to Europe, the UK and beyond. Overseas companies are significant exporters from here, serving global markets in pharmaceuticals, technology services, medical devices, food and beverages, and financial services.

2nd for exports of commercial services (IMD)
72% of total national exports (2020) were from multinationals in Ireland

Committed EU member

You’ll find us among the most outward looking and internationally engaged countries in the world. We’re the only English-speaking Eurozone country. Our Government and citizens overwhelmingly support EU membership.

83% of Irish people are positive about EU Membership
88% believe that Ireland has benefitted from EU membership

Committed FDI base

Some 1,700 multinationals call Ireland home . They make a positive contribution to Irish society and the economy through direct investment, capital expenditure, job creation, and payroll spending. Many have been here for a decade or more.

72% of national exports and 70% of corporation tax receipts from IDA client companies
25% of private sector direct and indirect employment at multinationals

Enduring economic strength

Ireland’s resilient economy made us one of the best performing advanced economies in the world, even during COVID-19. Our underlying structural strengths and capital investment plans mean we’re well positioned for future growth.

13.5% GDP growth in 2021, driven largely by exports Business environment, demographics, and talent support growth
Business environment, demographics, and talent support growth

Pro-business environment

Ireland consistently ranks among the top countries in the world in which to do business, supporting FDI growth. Successive governments have maintained this pro-business outlook: we favour green lights over red tape.

4th most competitive economy in the EU, 12th globally
3rd ranked globally for high-value FDI projects

Autodesk announces 200 new jobs at its new EMEA HQ in Dublin's Silicon Docks.
Success Story

The IDA played a key role in introducing us to everyone in the community and ease the process. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome

Scott Herren
CFO, Autodesk
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Hubspot HQ
Success Story

“The first team that you hire and second over to the location is so critically important. They’re the founding team so you’ve got to get the hiring right. You’ve got to send some of your best, most talented and culturally astute people to build that office”

JD Sherman
HubSpot COO
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Visual of the Dundalk plant before construction commenced.
Success Story

We are committed to Ireland and will work with all local partners to build this state-of-art next generation biomanufacturing facility as a showcase to the global biotech community

Dr Chris Chen
CEO, WuXi Biologics
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Stryker grand opening in Cork in 2017.
Success Story

Innovation, game changing technology and the opportunity to positively impact peoples’ lives are some of the reasons people love working with Stryker in Ireland

Aidan O'Shea
Vice President of Stryker’s Ireland and UK locations
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Software leader relocates its EMEA HQ to Dublin
There’s an old Irish saying that a good start is half the work; it’s proven true for HubSpot when setting up its international base.
Pioneering Asian company locates first overseas factory in Ireland
Continued investment over 25 years at six sites across Ireland