Only a week after being named the 'best place in the world' to do business by Forbes magazine, Ireland has now ranked first in the world for inward investment by quality and value and first in Europe for the number of investment jobs per capita.
The latest accolades appeared in the IBM Global Location Trends report, the purpose of which is to analyse key trends in the locations that corporations select to do business, along with foreign investment.
The news was greeted enthusiastically by the CEO of IDA Ireland, Barry O'Leary: 'I am pleased to see Ireland continuing to be the top performer in the world for quality and value of investment, resulting from Ireland’s success in attracting research and development activities in life sciences and ICT coupled with high-value investment in financial services.
'Ireland’s ranking as a leading destination for inward investment in Europe highlights our attractiveness for companies considering a location for their FDI [foreign direct investment] operations,' he continued. 'This survey reminds us of the international and highly competitive nature of FDI.'