Forbes magazine has ranked Ireland as one of the best countries for business. This is not just for large multinationals, but also the potential multinationals of the future. IDA nurtures these high-growth companies, helping them forge their future success in Ireland.
Ireland’s performance as a hub for Foreign Direct Investment is unrivalled.
Best Country in Western Europe
1st in the world
In the top 10
Ireland is home to many of the world’s leading high-performance companies including Intel, Twitter, Pfizer, Citi, Huawei, Takeda, Fujitsu, Novartis and Trend Micro. The country is also positioning itself to become a world leader in the Internet of Things, Big Data, ICT Skills, Energy Efficiency, Health Innovation and Cloud Computing.
7 of the Top 10
Our youthful workforce is well-educated, mobile, ambitious and adaptable. We combine competitive salaries with a high standard of living which attracts talent from every corner of the world. It's our people and their skills, rich with creative and cultural DNA, which drives Ireland and its FDI investors' success. In fact, we are one of the most productive economies in the EU.
Ireland also has tax treaties with 72 countries.
Ireland has a small, highly globalised economy, with a well-established FDI sector generating significant exports across business sectors. Our pro-business attitude enables companies to set up swiftly, with minimum red tape, in a connected environment. From green field sites and business parks to edgy architectural offices - we offer the right property solutions to get our clients up and running.
As Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, the IDA partners with clients to ensure their set-up in Ireland is as successful as possible. We'll take care of the details while you get on with business. From site visits through legal, recruitment, visa and property requirements, we provide the information, connections and assistance you need.
Meissner Filtration Products announced today that their new manufacturing facility in Co. Mayo is operational. The new facility features a state of the art 930 m² (10,000 ft²) ISO class 7 cleanroom dedicated to the manufacture of Single-Use Systems. Validation of the facility was completed in mid-April and the facility is currently manufacturing products for their biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical client base.
Irish patients with severe Covid-19 infection have been found to have abnormal blood clots in the lungs, prompting calls for further research.
Engineers at GMIT have developed a low-cost emergency ventilator that can be produced quickly to treat Covid-19 patients.
DCU has established a research hub focused entirely on finding solutions to challenges posed by Covid-19.
New Centre of Excellence will create 50 new jobs and support new and existing clients in Europe, the Nordics and the Americas.
I’m getting back in touch with you on foot of the Government’s latest public health advisory regarding restrictions of movement due to Covid-19.
On Friday (May 1st 2020), An Taoiseach said the existing public health measures announced on April 10th will be extended until May 18th with some very limited lifting of personal travel restrictions.
The COVID-19 Response Guide outlines IDA’s approach to the crisis and consolidates relevant information and supports available across government departments.
We are reaching out to you on foot of the updated public health advice from Government advising the public of increased restrictions on movement owing to Covid19.
The purpose of these increased restrictions is to save lives and employers and employees should follow this advice.
Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland:
This is a very difficult time for business, both Irish businesses and international businesses that are based here in Ireland and indeed businesses right across the globe.
This is a global pandemic and has caused widescale disruption to the global economy in which Ireland operates.
Udemy, the largest global marketplace for learning and teaching online, announced today the opening of an expanded office in Dublin, Ireland. The new office opening represents continued investment in the company’s EMEA headquarters, follows a milestone growth year, and a recent commitment by long-time Japanese strategic partner Benesse Holdings to invest $50 million in the company.
The enticement of a relatively wealthy market of 500 million consumers often makes opening a European office one of the earlier expansion steps for American technology companies. However, there are right and wrong ways to establish a European operation, with fostering the right culture a key aspect that will significantly impact the hoped-for financial contributions.
The role of placemaking in helping to enhance Ireland’s attractiveness to investors was highlighted at an event today hosted by IDA Ireland in partnership with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The event was held as the second phase of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund was rolled out. Under the call, local authorities are invited to submit proposals for transformational placemaking and urban development projects that will enhance the attractiveness and liveability of Ireland’s cities and large towns and support compact urban growth, one of the key strategic objectives of Project Ireland 2040.
Sift, a leading Digital Trust and Safety technology company, today announced that it is expanding its international presence with the opening of its new EMEA headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
The company, which counts several major European businesses such as Cabify, Curve, Delivery Hero, and GetYourGuide as customers, has already hired several members of its quickly growing Sales team with plans to continue hiring.
Everyday, millions of payment card transactions are conducted safely and securely using technology solutions provided by Bluefin.
TU Dublin and Intel Ireland have announced a partnership to develop VR training programmes for the tech giant. The new research project will also see TU Dublin undergraduate students and postgraduate research assistants join Intel as interns.
Despite opposition from local residents, RCSI has been given the green light to expand its presence in Dublin city centre with a €90m development. The building will include research labs, classrooms, catering and recreational facilities.
Loci Orthopaedics was founded as a spin-out from NUI Galway in 2017. It was set up by Dr Brendan Boland and Gerry Clarke, who aimed to improve the lives of arthritis patients through the development of orthopaedic technologies.
Working in conjunction with NASA’s own Parker Solar Probe, which was launched two years ago, Solar Orbiter will help us better understand why, among other things, solar flares occur.
To better understand RNA viruses, Irish researchers have pieced together parts of a massive puzzle. In a paper published to Science Advances, they identified 15,611 new fragments of RNA viruses, including more than 1,000 full-length genomes.
The EPA has announced awards totalling €10m to fund vital environmental research, with UCC and NUI Galway receiving the largest sums. Other projects will look at areas such as the effects of the climate crisis on Irish coasts.
Eligible companies will be able to secure up to €150,000 in funding as part of the Co-Innovate programme, which encourages business collaboration between Ireland, Northern Ireland and western Scotland.
A new report suggests that Ireland is the least susceptible to cybercrime in Europe, while the Netherlands is on the other end of the scale. In total, 17.64pc of machines in the Netherlands experienced cloud provider attacks.
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