Enterprise Ireland

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Enterprise Ireland
State Agency of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation overview
Formed 1998
Jurisdiction Ireland
Headquarters East Point Business Park, Dublin 3
State Agency of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation executive
  • Terence O'Rourke, Chairman
Key document
  • Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act, 1998
Website Enterprise Ireland website

Enterprise Ireland is an Irish state economic development agency focused on helping Irish-owned business deliver new export sales. The aim of Enterprise Ireland is to accelerate the development of Irish enterprises capable of achieving strong positions in global markets resulting in increased national and regional prosperity and purchasing power.[1]


Enterprise Ireland was established by the Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act 1998, superseding two earlier bodies: Forbairt and An Bord Tráchtála.[2][3] Forbairt had been established as part of Forfás in 1993,[4] to make industrial development grants,[2][5] while An Bord Tráchtála had been established in 1991 by merging the Irish Goods Council and Córas Tráchtala.[2][6] Córas Tráchtála had been founded in 1959 to market Irish goods abroad.[7] The Irish Goods Council was founded to market Irish goods in Ireland in 1974, originally within the National Development Association as the Working Group on the Promotion and Sale of Irish Goods;[8][9] in 1978 it was spun out and merged with Vivian Murray's private National Development Council as a limited company.[9]


Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland[edit]

Enterprise Ireland provides financial support and advice to Irish technology companies. It helps them in promoting goods and services to foreign markets. The Irish software sector is one area that Enterprise Ireland is focused on.

Applied Research Enhancement Program[edit]

Applied Research Enhancement (ARE) Centres are funded by Enterprise Ireland with the purpose of providing specialised expertise, research and development capabilities and access to state of the art equipment to companies. Companies may engage with AREs under a number of EI funded opportunities including EI vouchers and Innovation Partnerships.

The AREs are divided sectorally into:

  • ICT and Software
  • Bio-Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals
  • Bio-medical Devices and Materials

The ICT and Software Sector AREs are:

The Bio Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals Sector AREs are:

The Biomedical Devices and Materials Sector AREs are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Enterprise Ireland official website
  2. ^ a b c Hardiman, Niamh; Muiris MacCarthaigh (Autumn 2010). "Organising for Growth: Irish State Administration 1958-2008". The Economic and Social Review. 41 (3): 367–393. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014.  Archived from the original on 2014-03-19
  3. ^ "Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act, 1998". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "S.I. No. 376/1993 - Industrial Development Act, 1993 (Establishment Day) (Forfás, Forbairt, and Industrial Development Agency (Ireland)) Order, 1993.". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Industrial Development Act, 1993, Section 7: Functions of Forbairt.". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Trade Policy - The Key Success Factors". Trade Policy Statement. Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. 1998. fn.9. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Export Promotion Act, 1959". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ National Development Association (Forbairt) (1976). "The Working Group". Ninth Annual Report to December 31st 1975 (PDF). Official publications. Prl.5990. Dublin. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "61981CJ0249 Judgment of the Court of 24 November 1982. Commission of the European Communities v Ireland. Measures having equivalent effect - Promotion of domestic products. Case 249/81.". Europa. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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