The Exit Interview

‘We’ve really focused on the regions, and I think that has borne fruit’ – Martin Shanahan, IDA chief

Under Martin Shanahan’s stewardship, the IDA has overseen a 54 per cent increase in the number of multinational companies with a presence in this country, while the value of their annual exports has more than doubled to €294.1 billion

Martin Shanahan, who will step down as chief executive of IDA Ireland early next year. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Martin Shanahan cut a relaxed figure as he sat down for an interview with the Business Post last week. The chief executive of IDA Ireland had just presented the agency’s mid-year review, which showed that employment and investment levels from multinational companies in Ireland are back to record levels after the pandemic.

But this will come as no great surprise. The consistent strength of multinational investment into Ireland over the last decade has been exceptional. ...