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Business lending in Ireland has still not recovered to pre-crisis levels. Credit conditions remain tight, and interest rates high by Euro area standards, especially for small firms.
This report examines the relationship between SMEs' management of intellectual assets, innovation and competitiveness.
This study shows how knowledge-intensive services activities (KISAs) contribute to the acquisition and growth capabilities of firms and public sector organisations.
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Ireland is one of the most open economies in Europe. International trade is the life-blood of its prosperity. It has come through the recent international economic downturn better than most. Over the past decade, Ireland's macroeconomic policies, including fiscal management, tax reforms, incomes policies and investment in education, have laid the foundation for a virtuous circle, reinforcing growth and strengthening the resilience
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With one of the OECD's smallest and most open economies, Ireland welcomes foreign direct investment (FDI) and offers grants and tax incentives to attract investors. Direct investment plays a unique role in the Irish economy, accounting for a larger part of its manufacturing output, employment and exports than in most other OECD countries. Still, the cost of attracting foreign investment has come under greater scrutiny and questions