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Press Statement


03 May 2017

Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland 2015

New research explores globalisation in Ireland
  • FDI positions in Ireland increased by 132% in 2015, most of which came from the United States
  • FDI associated employment also increased; total employment in foreign-owned affiliates increased by 1.5% in 2015
  • US-owned affiliates found to employ 115,964 individuals in Ireland in 2015, more than any other country from which affiliates in Ireland are controlled
  • Sectors that saw employment increases include the ICT sector and the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector
  • Increasing trend also evident in wage data; total wage growth across foreign-owned affiliates in all sectors estimated at 7.4% between 2012 and 2015

Go to release: Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland 2015

Today (3rd of May 2017), the CSO publishes Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland 2015. Christopher Sibley, Senior Statistician explained: “This publication presents experimental research which adds value to pre-existing Foreign Direct Investment statistics and has been created in response to the large increase in Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland in 2015. As a result of this increase, when measured in terms of FDI, Ireland became one of the most globalised countries in the world.”

Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland contains a number of indicators which assess the impact of FDI in Ireland. This publication uses data from the CSO Business Register, the Balance of Payments surveys and administrative data sources.  It presents indicative figures for the return on FDI, FDI associated employment and average FDI wages.  It also provides an estimate of Greenfield FDI and develops the context for Ireland’s quarterly FDI figures.

For further information contact:

Christopher Sibley (+353) 1 498 4305 or Kieran Byrne (+353) 1 498 4150

or email

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