Dublin has long been famed for its vibrant arts and recreation scene. This sector accounts for almost 6% of all employment in the capital and has experienced comparatively faster growth than the EU average since 2011. This trend is expected to continue, boosted particularly strong growth in sports and recreation activities. Funding to support initiatives in the arts is available from bodies such as Creative Ireland, the Arts Council and Culture Ireland. The main bodies involved in the arts and recreation are: The Arts Council
Ireland is a global centre for life sciences. Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics are all areas in which significant investments in operations have been made on a country-wide basis.
Ireland is one of the top global exporters of medicinal and pharmaceutical products. All of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies, nine of the top 10 medtech companies and seven of the top ten diagnostics companies have bases in Ireland. Numbers of Irish-owned companies in the sector have also grown significantly.
Companies are attracted by Ireland’s favourable tax environment, international reputation in regulatory compliance and track record in clinical and academic research. There is a strong collaborative cluster of companies in Dublin which facilitates best practice-sharing as well as cooperation between industry and both universities and research centres.
Recent investments in Dublin have been made by international companies including Pfizer, Takeda, BMS, Alexion, Mallinckrodt and SK Biotech (source: Dublin Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020).
Other major employers in the sector include:
- B Braun
- Merck Sharp & Dohme
- Johnson & Johnson
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Novo Nordisk
Professional services such as law, accounting, R&D, marketing and management consulting are well represented in Dublin. The sector accounts for 8.5% of total employment in Ireland and positive trends in its growth are expected to continue. In particular, demand for research and development, advertising, real estate, legal, finance and marketing services is forecast to show significant growth. Dublin is considered a centre of excellence for business services and there is a substantial and growing global business services sector in the city. Many leading global players
High-quality tech and multilingual talent is readily available in Dublin. Add to this a rich tech startup ecosystem, 9 out of the top 10 global tech companies, a supportive business ecosystem including technology and research centres and an excellent quality of life and it’s easy to see how Dublin provides the perfect base to thrive. Why Ireland for Tech: 8 of the top ten Global software Companies 9 of the top ten US Technology Companies Top 3 Global Enterprise Software Companie 4 of the top 5 IT Services Companies “Dublin boasts the highest level of FDI on a per capita