US-Ireland Business Relationship


Ireland is the gateway to Europe for over 700 US companies, who employ over 155,000 people here.

Ireland is known the world over as a great place to do business. So when companies need to expand overseas Ireland is the perfect location. This is why, based in Ireland, there are over 700 top US companies.

Together they employ over 150,000 people across the country. The companies are doing amazing things and producing results that are enhancing lives around the globe.

Who the companies are

Ireland is home to some of the most exciting companies in the world. This includes:

  • 9 of the top 10 software companies in the world
  • 9 of the world’s top pharma companies
  • 13 of the top 15 med tech companies
  • 9 of the top 10 US ICT companies
  • 15 of the top 25 finance companies
  • 3 of the world's top 6 gaming companies 

What they do in Ireland

US Companies in Ireland carry out lots of different types of activities. Depending on the business and their priority Ireland can be:

  • An international or European headquarters
  • Location for manufacturing top quality products
  • Where a company’s latest product is researched and developed
  • Managing services for customers all over the world

The term ‘Created in Ireland’ is synonomous with quality. And the products and services created in Ireland by US companies are world class. 

Working in a US company in Ireland

There are over 155,000 people working in US companies in Ireland. And the good news is that this number is continuing to grow. Which means there are lots of opportunities for talented people to grow their careers.

US companies are among the leading employers in Ireland. They provide great benefits and regularly feature on the Great Places to Work Awards.

If you’re interested in jobs US companies in Ireland, check out our jobs board . This provides a comprehensive list of the many great opportunities out there. You should also keep an eye out for the latest companies investing in Ireland.
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Why Ireland?


“Our team here is not only the best in Europe, it’s the best in the industry”
Adam Bain, Twitter

“The abundance of talent in Ireland is second to none throughout the world. Dublin is the Palo Alto of Citi” 
Mike Corbat, Citi

“Hiring top talent isn’t easy but we’ve been able to do it here”
Drew Houston, Dropbox

There are many reasons why US companies pick Ireland. But the number one reason is actually 150,000 reasons! It all comes down to the talent of the Irish workforce. Time and again companies cite this as the reason they invest here.

Ireland acts as the perfect gateway to Europe for US companies. This gives access to wealthiest consumer market in the world, over 500 million people.

Since the 1950s Irish governments have created policies to attract new companies here. We are always working with them to help make this happen. With this support US companies are really positive about Ireland’s pro-business environment.

Irish Companies in the US

The Irish-US relationship is two way. More and more Irish companies are opening in the US. Today there are 700 Irish companies in the US operating across all 50 states acorss 2,500 locations. Irish affiliated entitities in the US employ over 100,000 

Irish investment in the US continues to grow strongly. In 2016 we saw exports from Enterprise Ireland client companies grow by 20% to €3.4bn.  As the second largest single market for Irish companies after the UK, the US will continue to be a major growth opportunity for Irish companies in 2018 and beyond. Read more about Irish investment in the US in US-Ireland Business 2019