Why Ireland?

Ireland brings so many advantages to companies. We are a pro-enterprise culture with a highly qualified and well educated population, an unrivalled supports infrastructure and record of success.

Track Record

Ireland is home to 1,200 overseas company operations and continues to attract companies from sectors such as ICT, Life Sciences, Internet, Business Services and Food companies. Many of these companies are undertaking strategic activities such as advanced manufacturing, R&D and global business services in Ireland.
Ireland has been chosen by:
  • 3 of the 4 bestselling infant formula companies in the world
  • 9 of the top 10 Pharma Companies
  • 15 of the world’s top 25 Financial Services companies.


Ireland is 1st in the world for Inward Investment by quality and value


Ireland is 1st in Europe for inward investment jobs per capita

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No 1 Destination for US FDI

Source: American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, 2015

Research Eco-System

€8.2 billion

Investment under the Irish government’s strategy for Science Technology and Innovation

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Ireland is now in the Global Top 20 for the quality of our scientific research.

  • 1st in the world for immunology
  • 1st in the world for Animal and Dairy
  • 3rd for Nanoscience
  • 4th in Computer Science
  • 6th for material Science

Raw Materials

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Ireland’s long standing farming tradition, with our island location on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, provides the ideal climate and conditions for high quality, sustainable farming and food production

Ireland’s rich soils produce lush, green grass which our cattle and sheep have the freedom to graze outdoors for up to 300 days a year
80% of Ireland’s agricultural land is devoted to grasslands

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Origin green is the only sustainability programme in the word that operates on a national scale. It enables farmers to achieve sustainability targets, reducing environmental impact and protecting our rich natural resources

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Only the Bord Bia Quality Mark means that food has been produced to the highest Bord Bia quality standards and you know where it comes from. This is because it is independently checked at every stage. So by looking food with the Quality Mark when shopping, you can rest assured that it will look after you and your family


Ireland has the most carbon efficient dairy production in the European Union

Risk Reduction

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Accessing Know How
Enterprise Ireland can provide access to the right people in the right places, including government officials, local authorities and Regulators

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Project Planning & Roll Out
Enterprise Ireland partners with overseas companies to help them establish and grow their business in Ireland through a wide range of services, from providing property solutions, accessing expert recruitment advisors and assessing tax and legal requirements

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Innovation & Financial Supports
Ireland is home to world class Food R&D Centres of excellence. Enterprise Ireland can help you access these centres, as well as provide financial supports to aid you in growing your business

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Establish & Growing your Business in Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the development and growth of enterprises in global markets. We provide Dedicated Account Managers who are sector specialists and have local knowledge and experience


Ireland stands out with the youngest population in the EU – 40% of the population is under 30 years of age.

Ireland ranks 1st in the world for flexibility and adaptability of its workforce

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Ireland ranks 1st for the availability of senior management

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Ireland has the 3rd most productive workforce in the world

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Ireland is in the top 10 countries in the world for the availability of skilled labour

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High skilled Europeans are attracted to work and live in Ireland. Companies in Ireland have access to a European labour force of approximately 250 million


The Irish Tax regime is open, stable and transparent and complies fully with OECD guidelines and EU competition Law.



Ireland is 1st in the EU and 6th in the world for the ease with which a business can pay its taxes

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6.25 % preferential tax rate on income arising from intellectual property with the new Knowledge Development Box (KDB)

Twenty five percent

Research and Development tax credit on eligible expenditure

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Extensive Tax Treaties

Ease of Doing Business


Forbes has ranked Ireland the 4th best country in the world for business 2015

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Ireland has one of the most resilient supply chains in the world- ranking 4th of 130 countries in the 2015 FM Global Resilience Index.

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Ireland is has one of the most open economies in the world, ranking 9th of 186 countries in the index of economic freedom 2014


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Ireland’s Education System ranks in the top 10 countries in the world

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The % of the population aged 25-64 who have successfully completed third level education is one of the highest in the EU, at 41%

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Ireland has the highest proportion of science and engineering graduates in the OECD


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Ireland has been a member of the EU since 1973

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Ireland provides easy access to the European market of over 500 million consumers

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Ireland is the only English speaking member of the Eurozone

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