The economy is powering ahead. At 5.2%, Irish GDP was the fastest growing in the OECD in 2014. This year we expect growth of around 5% again - which would likely see Ireland remain the fastest growing economy in the OECD two years running.
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.
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.
A dashboard of key government indicators by country, to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance.
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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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This country note from Going for Growth 2015 for Ireland identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.