As the world’s second largest software exporter, Ireland is recognised internationally as a leading location for companies in the Software sector. Nine out of the top 10 global technology firms have strategic operations in Ireland, including Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook.
Ireland’s reputation as a centre of Software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to over 900 Software companies, including both multinational and indigenous firms, employing 24,000 people and generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sector’s wide-ranging activities include Software Development, R&D, Business Services and EMEA/International headquarters.
Ireland’s young, highly skilled, flexible workforce has fuelled the rapid growth of the country’s Software sector. This has been underwritten by extensive investment by the State in education and research. Ireland now proudly boasts the third highest proportion of maths, science and computer graduates in the 20-29 age group in the EU.
Increased investment by the Irish government in R&D in both industry and third-level institutions has seen the establishment of world-class software research centres to offer state-of-the-art capability and resources.
Ireland’s geographic location, membership of the EU and the fact it is the only English-speaking member of the Eurozone provides a highly attractive proposition for multinational firms. It also enjoys incredibly close ties with the US thanks to the strong influence of the Irish Diaspora throughout America.
Almost every globally recognised Software company has a base in Ireland. This has not only catapulted Ireland to being one of the major global players in the Software sector, but has created a deep pool of talent that has turned Ireland into a hotbed for indigenous firms.
The activities of Software companies located in Ireland vary greatly from Development to Business Services (multilingual customer/technical support, financial shared services and supply chain management). Many larger organisations also locate their EMEA/International headquarters in Ireland. Sales, marketing, localisation, data hosting and IP management are also important activities.
Even though the activities of firms located in Ireland are wide-ranging, the sector has developed high levels of expertise in an array of specialist areas, such as Telecommunications, Digital Media and E-Learning. This expertise is harnessed and focused through skill-based networks where companies exchange knowledge and know-how, and have access to cutting-edge university-based R&D.
Corporate R&D activity is supported by world-class software research centres, established by Science Foundation Ireland and supported by the Irish Government.
Based at University of Limerick, The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (LERO) focuses on developing new techniques to allow software to enhance itself automatically, without risk to its performance, reliability or security. Its industry partners include IBM, HP, Toyota, Oracle, Boston Scientific, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens and Motorola.
The Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. It is ranked among the top institutions in Europe with regards to Future Internet Research (seen as being on a par with the research centres of Nokia, Ericsson, FhG FOKUS). Industry partners actively engaged with TSSG include Nokia, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent – as well as a range of Tier 1 operators.
NIIT Limited, a global company which provides multi-disciplinary learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals in over 40 countries, is to establish a European Delivery Centre in Dublin, creating 110 jobs over five years.Read More
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SLIGO, January 16th, 2017 – AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Sligo to support the growth of its Oncology pipeline.
Jaguar Land Rover has selected Shannon as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent.
January 10, 2018: An initiative by The Bar of Ireland supported by the IDA and the legal community was launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, today (Wednesday) seeking to promote Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services.
IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment to Ireland, has today confirmed it has selected Three Park Place on Upper Hatch Street in Dublin 2 as its preferred option for its new Global Headquarters.
19,851 Jobs Created in FDI companies – third consecutive year of strong growth under current strategy
A team of researchers has helped to construct the first genetic map of the people of Ireland to help us better understand hereditary conditions.
A new study into autoimmune diseases suggests that the severity of symptoms might be dependent on how your body clock is ticking along.
Researchers have discovered the first evidence of living bacteria in polar ice samples, opening up new possibilities for alien life.
A team from NUI Galway has built a device that helps those with Parkinson’s to manage one of the disease’s most debilitating symptoms.
The future is bright for girls and women in technology, as was showcased at the fifth edition of the European Ada Awards, held at BeCentral, a major digital transformation hub in Brussels.
The AMBER centre has been set the task of creating scratch-free surfaces to overhaul the optics and auto industries as part of an €8.2m EU fund.
The projected boost in media and entertainment is primarily fuelled by increased internet access and the growth of online advertising.
Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) has confirmed that angel investors in the south-east region of Ireland have €10m to invest in local start-ups over the next three years.
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December 19, 2017 (Lismeehan, County Clare) Beckman Coulter, which develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing, is expanding the company’s development and manufacturing facility at Lismeehan, County Clare, creating 70 jobs over the next two to three years.
December 15 2017 Dundalk. National Pen, a leading global provider of personalised marketing merchandise, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Dundalk.
The expansion, creating 250 jobs, is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The company established its’ International Headquarters in Dundalk in 1987, comprising a manufacturing plant which personalises promotional products, and a contact centre which supports corporate functions including Finance, HR, Recruitment, IT, E-commerce and other support functions.
Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning company, today announced plans to open a new EMEA headquarters in Dublin in early 2018. The Dublin office will house the company’s strategic business operations for the region and support its growing customer base in Ireland and throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dublin, Ireland, 11 December, 2017: Huawei, the global ICT leader, today announced a new research partnership with Trinity College Dublin as part of its growing R&D footprint in Ireland. At an event at Trinity College Dublin, Guo Ping, Huawei Deputy Chairman & Rotating CEO, also announced the expansion of the company’s Cork R&D operation, which is growing from a small team to nearly 20 highly-skilled staff.
Antares Vision, the leading Italian inspection systems, track & trace and smart data management solutions provider for the most demanding sectors including pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, food & beverage, today announced it is to establish a Software Development Centre in Galway, creating 53 jobs in 5 years in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence
Keeper Security, Inc., the world’s leading password manager and secure digital vault, today announced the opening of its first European office at 9 Parliament St., Cork T12 NY99, Ireland. The office will provide local management, enterprise sales and engineering support for Keeper’s growing EMEA business customer base.
The new office in Cork will staff 50 employees over the next 2 years. This team will include a Sales Director, Office Manager, Training and Pre-Sales Engineer, and Sales Representatives to support the UK, Ireland, Northern Europe, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Middle East.
1st December 2017, Dublin- SANNE has today announced that it plans to grow its presence in Dublin by developing a fully integrated client services offering that includes fund administration, financial reporting, company secretarial and management support services. Given this new development it is expected SANNE’s Irish operation will continue to grow in size and mean a focus on new recruitment from within the local Dublin employment market. The company which is based in Dublin has the capacity to accommodate 100 executives with recruitment already underway.
DUBLIN, November 30 2017 – Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company headquarted in Atlanta, Ga., announced today the creation of 150 new jobs in Dublin over the next 12 months, bringing its total Irish workforce to more than 350. Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen T.D, Mark Rohrwasser, Interim Chief Information Officer at Equifax, and Paul O’Dwyer, IT Development Centre Leader met to discuss the expansion.
Engineers at Trinity College Dublin have unveiled the first prototype for a robot designed to work in care homes.
The Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award honours the memory of the science journalist, author and founder of Ingenious Ireland.
All Irish girls nominated are members of CoderDojo, which attests to the impact the organisation has had.
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