2016 was another record year for FDI in Ireland as IDA client employment reached its highest ever level at almost 200,000.

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FDI Employment Hits New Level of almost 200,000 - Press Release January 2017

Performance Highlights 2016 - Infographic


IDA client companies created just under 19,000 (18,627) jobs on the ground during 2016 across a range of sectors, with every region of Ireland posting net gains in jobs.

R&D expansion

Ireland is increasingly seen as the place to undertake substantial R&D activity and is ranked as 8th most innovative EU country. In 2016 IDA clients spent €1.5bn on in-house R&D annually and employ 14,000 R&D staff.


IDA Ireland was awarded best Digital Marketing Strategy, Most Innovative IPA (Investment Promotion Agency), Top Country and Best Website in the inaugural FDI Intelligence Digital Marketing Awards 2012. These awards recognise the best digital marketing campaigns from FDI agencies around the world.

The IDA Ireland website was awarded a Golden Spider award for the Best B2B Website in 2014.