Ireland is one of Europe’s leading locations for FDI. “Multinational enterprises are a very significant component of the Irish enterprise sector and will continue to play an important role in our economy” (Houses of the Oireachtas, 2012).
This piece examines the critical importance of FDI in the growth of Ireland. It explains the reasons for Ireland’s success. The analysis is carried out in terms of employment, exports, outputs, Government assistance and advantages and disadvantages of FDI’s investing in Ireland. …show more content…
By the end of 2011, Ireland’s net FDI had fallen by 19.2 billion since 2010, leaving a net inflow of 194.5 billion. The main source of investment in Ireland came from Europe at a figure of €20 billion followed by Asia who invested €3 billion. Decreased of foreign investment of €18 billion came from the USA, €10 billion from Central America. In analysing sectorial breakdown of investment into Ireland from companies based abroad, the largest sector for inward investment is clearly financial intermediation. At the end of 2011 the investment in this sector totalled 83 billion, or otherwise seen as 43% of the total inward investment. Other sectors which were invested in include: 27 billion in insurance and 20 billion in the pharmaceutical sector. As the proportion of the manufacturing sector owned by foreign companies is so large, it has economical wide implications. The overall health of the economy is affected by and dependant on the well-being of the foreign owned portion of the manufacturing sector. Looking at FDI earnings in 2011, an increase to €41 billion from €38 billion in 2010 was recorded. European companies earned €25