Existential crisis: What next for the Irish stock exchange?

A number of companies have de-listed from the Irish stock exchange in recent years, for a variety of reasons – and now many fear that if Ireland can’t get IPOs of new firms, the exchange will become untenable

New York Stock Exchange: The Dublin stock exchange has a very low rate of IPOs relative to the USA and the rest of Europe. Picture: Getty

The debate over the future of the Irish stock exchange is back on the agenda, amid fears that a number of the biggest companies quoted on it might de-list.

Last week, CRH, the construction materials firm, announced that it planned to move its primary listing from the Irish stock exchange to the US. Last month, Flutter Entertainment, the owner of Paddy Power and Betfair, said that it was considering a similar move.

Meanwhile, Glanbia, the ...