Ireland - A Numeric Perspective

Ireland by the numbers

Did you know that Ireland is home to 8 of the top 10 global technology companies and 15 of the top 25 medical devices firms. We produce enough beef each year to feed 30 million Europeans. 1 out of every 5 burgers served in McDonalds in Europe is Irish beef.

Ireland means business for the world

960 foreign companies

  • employing 138,000 workers
  • cutting edge
  • technology
  • research
  • IT hardware and
  • software
  • pharmaceuticals
  • medical devices

Home to some of the world s leading companies:

  • 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 15 of the top 25 in medical devices

More than 50% of the world s leading financial services firms

  • 8 of the top 10 technology companies.

In fact the total US investment into Ireland is greater than into:

  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • India and China COMBINED.

More food for thought ?

  • Ireland produces enough beef each year for 30 m Europeans
  • In fact we re the largest exporter of beef in Europe and the fourth largest in the
  • One out of five burgers served in McDonalds across Europe is Irish beef
  • Ireland exports 80% of its dairy production
  • We make 15% of the world s infant formula
  • 10 of the world s top-selling prescription drugs are made in Ireland

Speaking of cows:

  • Ireland exports 80% of its dairy production
  • We make 15% of the world s infant formula

We re taking care of people in other ways:

Ireland is a giant in medical technology

  • More than 24,000 people are employed by 160 medical technology companies in
  • Ireland and 80 of these companies are INDIGENOUS.

For every 100 jobs created in life sciences manufacturing, an additional 100 jobs are created in supporting services.

  • 6.9 bn in exports of medical devices
  • 2nd largest exporter of medical devices in Europe after Germany
  • And one Sligo-based medical devices firm makes enough tubing to circle the globe.

Every year.


Exports like these will lead Ireland back to growth.

In fact, Irish companies own more stock investments overseas (ODI) than foreign companies make into Ireland. ( 189.7bn v 169.3bn)

Which shouldn't really surprise you.

But here are some other things that might:

  • Half of the world's fleet of leased aircraft is managed from Ireland.
  • We employ 16,000 people in forest products, and the sector produces 1.9 bn for the economy.
  • Ireland is the largest provide of cross-border life insurance in the EU with 16.4bn in premiums in 2009
  • 1.4 TRILLION euro in funds are administered from Ireland

And we're competitive:

  • 4th for labour productivity
  • 3rd for flexibility and adaptability of people
  • 3rd for being open to new ideas
  • 1st for real corporate taxes
  • 1st for financial skills
  • 1st for availability of skilled labour

So we re not kidding when we say Ireland means business.

You should say it too.

Source - IBEC
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