Leinster (Ireland)

Leinster is one of the Provinces of Ireland situated in the east of Ireland. It comprises the counties of Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford y Wicklow. The population of Leinster is 2,504,814 according to the 2011 census.

Data about the region:


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Territorial composition: 1 provincie y 12 counties
Capital: Dublín
Area: 19.800 km2
Population: 2.504.814
Population density: 126,5 sq/km2
Official language: English, Irish


Economic data and labor market


GDP (€) Ireland: 41.768 M€ (3er trim. 2013)
Anual GDP Growth (%) Ireland: 1,7%  tercer trim. 2013
Exports (€) Ireland: 7.353 M€ (april 2013)
Imports (€) Ireland: 4.060 M€ (april 2013)
Unemployed: 209.506 (nov. 2013)
% Active people: 12,3 %


Economic activies in the region

Ireland is a country with a productive system in which high technology industry, and agriculture occupy a prominent place. These two sectors are simultaneously the most dynamic in the field of exports.

Agriculture: Accounts for about 5% of GDP, 8.8 % of employment and 7% of exports. The most important sectors are livestock and dairy products.

Industry: The industrial sector accounts for 35 % of GDP, 29% of total employment and 90% of exports. Three agencies concerned with industrial development: Fortas, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA. (Industrial Development Association) Ireland. The concentration of the industry in recent times is in the areas of manufacturing in high technology, especially computers and pharmaceuticals and engineering as well as chemical.

Services are the largest component of Irish output: in 2012 they accounted for 67 per cent of gross value added at factor cost, while industry and agriculture represented 31 per cent and 2 per cent of gross value added, respectively. Pharmaceutical products, computer and electronic products, and food accounted for 34.5 per cent, 17.2 per cent and 16.5 per cent of total gross industrial output in 2009.

(Taken from: http://www.esri.ie/irish_economy/)

Internationalization of the region

The Irish economy is small and highly open. The value of internationally traded goods and services in 2012 was equivalent to 191 per cent of GDP, which amounted to €164 billion for the year. Compared to 2000, this represents an increase in the size of internationally traded goods of 5.3 percent (or 9.7 percentage points).

(Taken from: http://www.esri.ie/irish_economy/)

Communications and logistics routes

Railway: The major railway stations, where you can catch both the DART and the Luas are Heuston, Connolly, Docklands Railway Station and Pearse Street. There is available a service of Metro – North and a rail service from Dublin to Belfast.

Ports: Major ports are Dublin  port (with traffic 28.1 million tons of goods in 2010), Cork and Limerick. Several shipping lines offer regular freight to Dublin. Moreover from the port of Dun Laoghaire ferries have as output destinations. From the Atlantic coast, there are more than 5 cruise lines that offer services to the ports of Dublin and Cork in Ireland. Although there is no direct service routes connecting Rotterdam (Netherlands), Manzanillo (Panama), and New York (USA) It is offered a very competitive transit time ranging from 16 to 28 days.

Air Services: Dublin Airport serves the city and surrounding area, located in the north, 10 km from the city, this airport has varied routes with England, France and Spain.

Currently, there are 6 airlines that provide transportation services for freight Irish cities like Cork, Dublin and Shannon doing transfers in cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and mainly low countries. Rural areas benefit from enhanced local employment options and from development of their resource potential.


Technological Capability

Ireland has one of the highest concentrations of ICT activity and employment in the OECD.

The ICT Sector in Ireland attracts global investment with 9 of the top 10 US ICT companies operating here. There are over 200 IDA supported ICT companies, directly employing approximately 36,000 people. They represent 22% of total exports, estimated at €35 billion. The ICT Sector continues to grow in Ireland as companies take advantage of the competitive environment, skill base and value propositions.

Ireland is the number one in Europe and number two worldwide for after tax costs. There are generous grants available for corporate R&D from the IDA, as well as our ever-present low 12.5% corporate tax rate and 25% tax credit available for R&D projects.

Ireland also has one of the most vibrant and productive ecosystems of human capital and talented professionals in the world. Our workforce is constantly being replenished by highly-skilled graduates. Numbers of students enrolling in undergraduate computer/software courses are up 40% since 2007, while cloud computing courses are offered as continuous professional development to IT professionals in many third level institutions.

In addition to our home-grown talent, our membership of the EU means we can attract top class international professionals, with circa 22% of software developers in Ireland being non-nationals.

Finally, Irish research institutions are consistently producing projects that complement the industry. The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) works on developing efficient storage infrastructures, new security protocols and lifecycle models for cloud based IT projects, partnering with Cisco and Ericsson among others. The Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is also producing pioneering work on security and data protection in e-government.  (www.idaireland.com)            

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