Ireland has successfully overcome a large economic crisis. Getting the long-term unemployed back into work is the key to spreading the benefits of the recovery widely. Ireland can do more to facilitate skilled migration. Raising productivity requires boosting competition and innovation.
The Secretary-General presented the 2015 OECD Economic Survey of Ireland with Minister of Finance Michael Noonan, delivered a lecture on policy challenges for the next 50 years, signed a corporate internship programme at Trinity College Dublin, and held a series of bilateral meetings.
In 2014, Ireland provided USD 809 million in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.38% of gross national income (GNI) and a 4.5% decrease in real terms from 2013. Ireland is the 11th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 19th donor in terms of volume.
The 2014 edition of National Accounts of OECD Countries, General Government Accounts is an annual publication, dedicated to government finance which is based on the System of National Accounts 2008 (SNA 2008) for all countries except Chile, Japan, Korea and Turkey (SNA 1993). It includes tables showing government aggregates and balances for the production, income and financial accounts as well as detailed tax and social contribution receipts and a breakdown of expenditure of general government by function, according to the harmonised international classification, COFOG. These detailed accounts are available for the general government sector. Data also cover the following sub-sectors, according to availability: central government, state government, local government and social security funds.
The data in this publication are also available on line via www.oecd-ilibrary.org under the title OECD National Accounts Statistics, General Government Accounts (http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/na-gga-data-en).
Bilateral Agreements that have been signed to establish exchange of information for tax purposes.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
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Ireland was hit hard by the financial crisis and the labour market has yet to fully mend. The unemployment rate more than tripled from 4.6% in Q1 2007 to its peak of 15.1% in Q4 2011.
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Levels of alcohol consumption in Ireland increased significantly from 1980 to 2001 and then decreased, but are still above the OECD average. In 2012, an average of 11.6 litres of pure alcohol per capita was consumed in Ireland, compared with an estimate of 9.1 litres in the OECD. Preliminary estimates (Revenue Commissioners) for 2014 show a slight drop to 11 litres per capita.
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Ireland has the 8th lowest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries. The average single worker in Ireland faced a tax wedge of 28.2% in 2014 compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
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