Capital: Dublin HDI: 0.899 (11th)
Language: English, Irish GDP (PPP): $226.8 billion
Population: ~ 4.9 million Currency: Euro
Ireland has been referred to as the Celtic Tiger. This island nation and neighbor to Great Britain went from being a poor country of Europe to a very wealthy one in a short amount of time. The Irish have experienced an exponential increase in their quality of life thanks to this development. In an effort to encourage business investment, the nation has one of the lowest corporate taxes within the EU at 12.5%. The country was hit hard by the 2008-2009 financial crisis, but are now returning to growth and economic improvement.
Economic Data & Reports | Dublin, Ireland
US Commercial Services Data and Reports Page with links to Ireland specific information from the US Embassy.
Doing Business in Ireland
This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Ireland. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages. World Bank Group
nomy Economy Profile 2015 Ireland
Comparison of Ireland’s business regulations for domestic firms against 189 other economies. It is a downloadable pdf document. 90 pages. World Bank Group
Industry Trends & Business Climate
Irish Business Climate
Irish Business Climate Ranked High on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Central Bank of Ireland – Trends in Business Credit
Statistical release 11 September 2015
Establishing a Presence
Starting a business – Citizens Information
f you are thinking of setting up a business there are a number of issues you need to consider. Different supports and regulations apply, depending on your particular situation. You may be employed, unemployed or someone who is coming from outside Ireland to set up a business.
Business Types – Company Types – Company Bureau Formations
Company Types available in Ireland. Companyformation.ie
Business Types – Coming to set up a business or invest in Ireland
Non-EEA nationals can establish a business in Ireland but they require permission to do so. Following the opening of 2 new schemes for non-EEA investors and entrepreneurs on 16 April 2012 there are now 3 ways in which non-EEA nationals can invest or start a business in Ireland . They are the Start-up Entrepreneur Program, Immigrant Investor Program and Business Permission. This is an Irish Government Organizations page to links to information and requirements for opening a business.
Business Types – Types of Business Entity in Ireland
The simplest way to operate a business in Ireland is as a sole trader, which involves unlimited liability, i.e. you have no protection if your business fails! To limit your liability, you must set up a limited company. There are four types of Irish limited company described on this site.
Why Locate in Ireland? – Enterprise Ireland
Ireland’s Enterprise Ireland homepage provides a gateway to information on basing your business in Ireland.
Business Registration Requirements – Starting a Business in Ireland
This World Bank site provides a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Ireland.
Business Registration Requirements – Companies Registration Office
Homepage. Companies Registration Office Ireland. Register of Companies and Business (trading) Names maintained.
Corporate – Corporation Tax
There are two rates of Corporation Tax: 12.5% for trading income unless the income is from an excepted trade* in which case the rate is 25% 25% for non-trading income (e.g. investment income, rental income)
Personal – Income Tax – Who Pays?
Ireland Department of Revenue website homepage.
Personal – How your income tax is calculated – Citizens Information
Nearly all income is liable to tax. Tax on income that you earn from employment is deducted from your wages by your employer on behalf of the Irish Government. This is known as Pay As You Earn (PAYE). The amount of tax that you have to pay depends on the amount of the income that you earn and on your personal circumstances.
Corporate – Income Tax/Capital Gains Tax/Corporation Tax Manual
Irish Corporate Tax Manual online
VAT – Guide to VAT – VAT Rates – Revenue Commissioners
This section outlines the different rates of VAT currently applicable and the circumstances in which they apply.
Value Added Tax (VAT) in Ireland
Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax charged on the sale of goods or services and is included in the price of most products and services. Everyone pays VAT as it is a tax on consumer spending on items such as food, clothing and petrol. VAT is currently set at 21 percent.
Coming to work in Ireland – Citizens Information
If you intend to work in Ireland you need to know the rules about the formalities involved in travelling to Ireland, the rules about permission to land in Ireland. Helpful information you should know before travelling to Ireland for work.
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service Visas
Irish Government Homepage for Visas detailing all requirements for the different types of visas.
Visa requirements for entering Ireland – Citizens Information
People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving in the State, whether by air, sea or land. An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document to indicate that you are authorised to land in the State subject to any other conditions of landing being fulfilled.
Work Permits – Employment (Permits etc.) – Irish Naturalisation and
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration webpage for work permit application and requirements.
Work Permits – General Employment Permit – Citizens Information
In general, non-EEA nationals must have an employment permit to work in Ireland. EEA and Swiss nationals do not need an employment permit.
Getting around Ireland on local transport
A guide to public transportation in Ireland
Ireland Infrastructure, power, and communications
Though vastly improved during the 1990s by grants of I£6 billion in European structural funds, the Republic of Ireland’s infrastructure is still struggling to cope with the country’s unprecedented economic growth.
Telecom/IT – Telecommunications in the Republic of Ireland
Telecommunications in Ireland operate in a regulated competitive market that provides customers with a wide array of advanced digital services. This site explores Ireland’s telecommunications infrastructure including: fixed and mobile networks, voice, data and Internet services, cable television, developments in next generation networks and broadcast networks for radio and television.
Telecom/IT – Ireland IT
Over the past twenty years the Irish Government has implemented successive programmes of infrastructure development and investment. This has helped modernise traditional areas and create new sectors around Ireland’s abundant natural energy capabilities to support Ireland’s economic progress well into the future.
Employers’ obligations and employees’ rights
Employers are responsible for ensuring all their employees receive certain basic employment rights. This is an Irish Government site providing employer requirements and contract requirements.
Health and Safety Obligations for Irish Employers
Under common law there is a general duty of care owed by employers to their employees. Regardless of any piece of legislation such as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, employers have always had a common law duty to provide a safe place of work/premises.
Labor Rules and Regulations – Employment law update – Citizens Information
If you have been out of the workforce for some time, you will need to update yourself on changes that have occurred in the field of employment protection. There have been some substantial changes and acquainting yourself with these developments will help you to maximise your rights.
Social Insurance – Unemployment Benefits in Ireland
This site describes the two types of welfare payments for unemployed people in Ireland
Social insurance – Citizens Information
Most employers and employees (over 16 years of age and under 66) pay social insurance (PRSI) contributions into the national Social Insurance Fund. In general, the payment of social insurance is compulsory. The term ‘insurable employment is used to describe employment that is liable for social insurance contributions. Some people who have unearned income are also liable for PRSI
Labor Rules and Regulations – Labour Law Profile: Ireland
Irish labour law has developed according to a British-style voluntarist model.
Cost of Living – Cost of Living in Ireland
International living website link with info on living in Ireland.
Cost of Living – Ireland – OECD Better Life Index
Ireland performs well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. Ireland ranks at the top in social connections and above the average in housing, personal security, health status, subjective well-being, work-life balance, civic engagement and environmental quality but below average in jobs and earnings and income and wealth.
Business Etiquette – Ireland Business Practice and Business etiquette Tips
The dos and don’ts of business etiquette in Ireland
Business etiquette in Ireland – Business Culture
Attitudes and values exist at the core of any culture. They are a reflection of the way people think and behave and having an understanding of these can aid you significantly in successfully concluding your negotiations.
Safety – Ireland Warnings and Dangers – Virtual Tourist
Ireland warnings and dangers
Education – Irish Education System
Irish Government education website link
Education – Overview of the Irish education system – Citizens Information
Education is compulsory for children in Ireland from the ages of six to 16 or until students have completed three years of second-level education.
Holidays and observances in Ireland
Irish holiday list
Each year, Ireland has nine public holidays. Six of these commemorate an event or person with the other three being general bank holidays.
Climate – Ireland’s weather
Irish climate information from ireland.com
Climate – Climate of Ireland – Met Éireann – The Irish Meteorologica
The dominant influence on Ireland’s climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitude.
Safety – Ireland – US Department of State
US State Department safety information
Demographics – Ireland Demographics Profile
Mundi’s profile of Ireland’s demographics
Demographics – IDA Ireland
Ireland’s population was estimated at 4,593,100 at the end of April 2013, representing a small increase on the previous year. The population is forecasted to continue to grow up to 2021.
Importing and Exporting
Import and Export policies. Ireland’s Import and export policies in PDF format. Ireland Department of Revenue
Importing and Exporting
On importation of goods into Ireland from countries outside the European Union, customs entry formalities must be completed by the importer or his/her agent. The appropriate customs entry is made by electronic data transfer of Single Administrative Document (SAD) declarations to Revenue’s Automated Entry Processing (AEP) system using the Direct Trader Input (DTI) facility.
Trade Agreements – Ireland – US Department of State
US Department of State note on US relations with Ireland. Political & Economical Environment.
Housing and Rentals
Housing in Ireland – Citizens Information
The Irish Citizens information Board website provides public service information on buying and renting housing in Ireland.
Houses to rent in Ireland | Property To Rent – Daft.ie
Property rental website
Ireland Travel Guide | Fodor’s Travel
It’s a Celtic mystery: how can a country as small as Ireland be packed with so much majestic history, natural beauty, vibrant culture