Outlook

  • Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure and pro-business country
  • Ireland is a committed member of the EU Single Market and the Eurozone
  • Ireland has a highly skilled, educated, young and multicultural population
Ireland's EU Membership

Ireland's EU Membership

Ireland is a committed member of the EU Single Market and the Eurozone and there is strong public support for Ireland's EU membership

  • 92% think Ireland has benefitted from EU Membership

  • 85% think that Ireland's membership of the EU is a good thing

  • 88% support the Euro

Source: Eurobarometer, October 2018

Export Markets

 Overseas companies continue to be significant exporters from Ireland, with IDA clients accounting for 66% of national exports. The country’s main markets are the EU and the USA, and the main exporting sectors are:

GDP Growth %

The Irish economy is the fastest growing in the Eurozone
Country 2017 2018 (F) 2019 (F)
IRELAND 7.2 4.7 4.0
China 6.9 6.6 6.2
Luxembourg 2.3 4.0 3.5
New Zealand 3.0 3.1 3.0
Hong Kong SAR 3.8 3.8 2.9
Australia 2.2 3.2 2.8
Korea 3.1 2.8 2.6
Netherlands 2.9 2.8 2.6
Singapore 3.6 2.9 2.5
United States 2.2 2.9 2.5
Greece 1.4 2.0 2.4
Austria 3.0 2.8 2.2
Spain 3.0 2.7 2.2
Sweden 2.1 2.4 2.2
Norway 1.9 2.1 2.1
Canada 3.0 2.1 2.0
Denmark  2.3 2.0 1.9
Germany 2.5 1.9 1.9
Finland 2.8 2.6 1.8
Portugal 2.7 2.3 1.8
Switzerland 1.7 3.0 1.8
France 2.3 1.6 1.6
Belgium 1.7 1.5 1.5
United Kingdom 1.7 1.4 1.5
Italy 1.5 1.2 1.0
Japan 1.7 1.1 0.9
Source: IMF World Economic Outlook, October 2018

Facts about Ireland 2018

Facts about Ireland including information on the economy, workforce, government, employment, corporate tax rate, competitiveness, infrastructure and more. 

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