Ireland had a trade surplus of €44 billion last year, the largest ever recorded, the Central Statistics Office said.
Preliminary figures showed that exports rose by 20 per cent last year to €111.04 billion while imports rose by 10 per cent to €67.02 billion.
A breakdown of the CSO figures shows that exports of medical and pharmaceutical productions accounts for €30.17 billion, or 27 per cent, of total exports last year as they grew by 36 per cent over 2014.
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