Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland in 2012

IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for attracting

foreign direct investment, has reported the creation of 12,722 new

jobs during 2012. IDA client companies added a total of 6,570 new

net jobs, the IDA’s third consecutive year of growth in net employment. Job losses at IDA client companies were the lowest for a decade.

In total there were 145 individual investments, with 66 (over 40%) from companies coming to Ireland for the first time. The IDA client base in Ireland now employs 152,785 people, a level last recorded before the global financial crisis began in 2008. Net job creation rose to 6,570 from 5,934 last year.Among the biggest investments were Apple, PayPal, Northern Trust, EA Games, Fidelity, SAP, Amgen, Mylan, Cisco, Arvato, Allergan and Eli Lilly.  A notable feature of 2012 was the wide range of green field investments coming to Ireland, including Clearstream (part of Deutsche Bourse), Hubspot, Dropbox, Nextag, Aspen and Nuance.

IDA Ireland has just completed the third year of its five year Horizon 2020 strategy and the latest results put the organisation ahead of target in meeting its goal of creating 62,000 direct jobs by 2014 from 640 new investments. Over the course of the first three years (2010-2012) IDA has secured 419 investments and has delivered gross job gains of over 36,000.


FDI in Ireland 2012


Source IDA Ireland
Key 2012 Results 2012
Total jobs created 12,722 13,381
Net jobs created 6,570 5,934
Job losses 6,125 7,447
Investments secured 145 148
Total Employment 152,785




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