Jane Ruffino To attract top business talent to Ireland, the government needs to look beyond hospitality and tax breaks

Jane Ruffino To attract top business talent to Ireland, the government needs to look beyond hospitality and tax breaks

In 2013, just under 9 per cent of Ireland’s workforce, or 161,000 people, were working for a company supported by the IDA. The jobs the IDA helps bring to Ireland tend to be reasonably well-paid, and all but around 20,000 of those jobs are full-time.

It’s old news that it’s good for companies. The IDA even says “we favour green lights over red tape”. And it can be pretty good for staff. If you’re young, single, and well-educated (also, white), Ireland isn’t the worst place to be. (Apart from the weather).

When the post-dotcom tech multinationals first arrived, they helped make the country more diverse, brought new energy, and helped people in Ireland stay connected to...

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