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1949 - IDA Ireland was formed as part of the Department of Industry & Commerce
1958 - Introduction of first programme for economic expansion which removed protectionism, encouraged Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and promoted exports
1965 - Anglo-Irish free trade area agreement.
1969 - IDA Ireland was incorporated as an autonomous state sponsored body under the Industrial Development Act. Responsible for all aspects of industrial development.
1973 - Ireland joins EU
1994 - IDA Ireland was divided into three separate organisations following a government review:1.2 Why was IDA Ireland set up?
Initially to stimulate, support and develop export-led business and enterprise in Ireland. This covered both indigenous and foreign investment and start-up enterprises.
Since 1994 IDA Ireland focuses exclusively on the promotion and development of high-quality foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland, in the manufacturing and international services sectors.1.3 What is IDA Ireland's current strategy?
IDA Ireland's current strategy is based on a policy of attracting investors who are seeking locations for advanced manufacturing or office based activities which depend on highly skilled processes or are involved in high value added activities e.g. ICT, knowledge based industries and biotechnology.
Our strategy is based on the following objectives:
IDA Ireland is funded mainly from Exchequer allocations each year, with additional funding coming from property sales, grant refunds and a small portion from EU funds.1.6 What is the impact of Foreign Direct Investment on the Irish economy?
Over 1,000 IDA supported companies in Ireland employ 161,112 people. These companies accounted for exports of over €121 billion. IDA client companies spend €21 billion per annum in the Irish economy - €8 billion on payroll.
IDA End of Year Statement 2013
What major contributions has FDI made to Ireland?
|Direct Expenditure in the economy||18.836|
|Direct Expenditure as % of Sales||14.9%|
IDA Ireland Annual Report 2012
Source: Based on the Annual Business Survey of Economic Impact, co-ordinated by Forfás and administered by Insight Statistical Consulting.
Note 1: The Survey is based on manufacturing and internationally traded services companies with 10 or more employees (excluding regulated financial services companies).
Note 2: Results are based on companies responding to the survey in 2012 (grossed-up to reflect non-respondents).
IDA Worldwide has details for contacting all of our offices worldwide.2. IDA Ireland Incentives 2. 1. What corporation tax level applies in Ireland?
Ireland has used tax measures for many years as a means of facilitating the establishment and expansion of indigenous and overseas companies.
By agreement with the European Commission, a new single low rate of corporation tax on trading income of 12.5% applies from January 2003. A 25% corporation tax rate applies to passive income of companies. Further information is available in the IDA Ireland Tax Brochure 2013 - PDF
The process of negotiations can take a number of months, the timescale being largely dictated by the speed with which the applicant company can respond to IDA Ireland and provide it with information. Following an introductory meeting IDA Ireland will, if it is interested in the project, request the submission of a formal business plan. In broad terms, the business plan should cover the following areas:
2.3 What types of companies are targeted for FDI?
The number, quality and location of jobs to be created are major determinants of the overall grant amount awarded.
IDA Ireland has selectively targeted certain areas of industry, in particular, those which produce sophisticated and high value products and services.
These also offer the best growth potential and the best prospects of generating long-term sustainable employment in Ireland.
The targeted sectors are:
The success of Ireland's inward investment policies is evidenced by the fact that over 1,000 foreign-owned companies have chosen to establish bases in Ireland.3. Agencies supporting Irish industries3.1 Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is the Government organisation charged with assisting the development of Irish enterprise. Its clients are mainly Irish manufacturing and internationally traded services companies employing ten or more people, and overseas food and natural resources companies operating in Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland also administers National and EU supports for building technological innovation capability and co-operation between industry and higher educational institutions. It also provides a range of services to help international business access and evaluate appropriate and competitive sources of supply in Ireland.
SFI is the national foundation for excellence in scientific research. SFI is investing in academic investigators and research teams, to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science and engineering which underpin the broad areas of Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technology and sustainable energy and energy efficient technologies.
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Shannon Development's remit is to develop industry, tourism and rural development in the wider Shannon area. The Shannon Region covers an area of 10,000 sq. kms spanning the counties Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary, South Offaly and North Kerry.3.4 Údarás na Gaeltachta
Údarás na Gaeltachta's role combines economic development (creating sustainable jobs and attracting investment to the Gaeltacht) with community cultural and language-development activities working in partnership with local communities and organisations in Gaeltacht area. The word "Gaeltacht" refers to areas where the Irish language is the community language. The Gaeltacht area covers extensive parts of counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry, all of which are on the western seaboard, together with parts of counties Cork, Meath and Waterford.3.5 FÁS
FÁS (Foras Aiseanna Saothair) is the National Training and Employment Authority. It provides a range of training and employment services to jobseekers, community groups and employers. The principal services provided by FÁS are in training, employment and community and enterprise development.3.6 Bord Bía
The role of Bord Bía (Irish Food Board) is to act as a link between Irish food and drink suppliers and existing and potential customers. Its objective is to develop export markets for Irish food and drink companies and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables worldwide.3.7 BIM
BIM, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, is the Irish State Agency with responsibility for developing the Irish seafood industry. It works closely with fishermen, fish farmers, processors, marketers and the service sector to support the development of the industry from primary production stage through to marketing3.8 Forfás
Forfás is the National Policy and Advisory Board for Enterprise, Trade, Science, Technology & Innovation in Ireland. It is the body in which the State's legal powers for industrial promotion and technology development have been vested. It is also the body through which powers are delegated to Enterprise Ireland for the promotion of indigenous industry and to IDA Ireland for the promotion of inward investment.3.9 City & County Enterprise Board
City and County Enterprise Boards (CEBs) are locally controlled enterprise development companies established in each county and larger urban local authority areas. Their function is to develop indigenous enterprise potential and to stimulate economic activity at local level. This is achieved primarily by providing financial support, advice and training for the development of micro enterprise, generally defined as that in which less than 10 people are employed. Support is available to individuals, firms and community groups, to help develop projects with potential commercial viability.3.10 Fáilte Ireland
Fáilte Ireland offers tourism professionals and service providers a wide range of support services at local, regional and national levels.
Fáilte Ireland works in partnership with Tourism Ireland (who promote Ireland as a holiday destination to overseas markets) and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (responsible for tourism development and marketing in Northern Ireland).
They also lead an extensive domestic holiday campaign via DiscoverIreland which features comprehensive information and listings for Irish accommodation, activities, events, tourist attractions and Irish holiday special offers.
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4.1 How many IDA Ireland supported companies are presently operating in Ireland?
Over 1,000 IDA supported companies operating in Ireland, employ 161,112 people (IDA End of Year Statement 2013).
These companies originate from worldwide locations, with a predominance of US and European investors.
|Origin||Number of Companies||Total Employment *
|Rest of Europe||160||12,691|
|Rest of World||101||7,340|
*Includes permanent, part-time and temporary workers.
Source - Forfás Annual Employment Survey 2012
IDA Annual Report 2012
|Computer, Electronic and Optical Equipment||15,884|
|Medical/Dental Instruments & Supplies||24,438|
|Metals & Engineering||10,474|
|International & Financial Services (incl. Software)||74,849|
Forfas Annual Employment Survey 2012
IDA Annual Report 2012
To search for a company, use our Companies Database5. Working and living in Ireland5.1 How do I apply for a job with IDA Ireland?
Current vacancies are in IDA Careers5.2 How do I apply for a job with an IDA assisted company?
All announcements made by IDA assisted companies are added to the Press Releases section in the Newsroom.
IDA Ireland does not deal with any employment requests and the companies should be contacted directly.5.3 Do I need a work permit/visa to work in Ireland?
For full details of the Work Permit Scheme in Ireland you should contact the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment at http://www.entemp.ie/labour/workpermits/
Information is also available on the Fás website - Know Before you Go section in several languages.
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