Ireland is a world leader in key innovative sectors

Ireland has vibrant, export focussed, business clusters in several key sectors. These clusters have created a strong pool of management, skilled staff from a multitude of nationalities, serial entrepreneurs, professional advisors, investors, service providers and sub suppliers. All have deep domain knowledge of their sector. If you locate in Ireland it will be easy to access these invaluable resources. All are within a few hours drive of each other. 

  • Ireland is the internet and games capital of Europe.
  • Most global players in the ICT sector have chosen Ireland for major operations focussed on international markets.
  • The Life Science sector in Ireland also includes a large majority of the top global players. They have helped make Ireland’s Western corridor the best medical devices ecosystem in the EU regulatory environment.
  • More than 50% of the world’s leading Financial Services firms have operations in Ireland.

View a list of over 750 overseas companies with internationally focussed operations in Ireland (source IDA Ireland).

Browse company directories and profiles of Irish companies in your sector.


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Ireland - home to world class research and development facilities and expertise

The Irish Government has invested heavily in an ambitious programme to attract some of the world’s best research talent to new research centres focussed on topics of particular relevance to our key business sectors. These centres complement a vibrant academic research capability which has increasingly developed a strong focus on collaborating with business. 


Ireland - Home to High Potential Start-Up Companies

Ireland’s active support for globally focussed start ups has created an expanding cluster of Irish headquartered companies that have achieved success on global markets. An increasing proportion of these are promoted by people who relocated to Ireland to establish the company. Read about some of these incoming entrepreneurs.

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