Speaking at Future Human, the CEO of IDA Ireland presented a positive outlook for foreign direct investment in Ireland.

In October, Martin Shanahan spoke with Future Human founder Ann O’Dea about how “the nature of investment will undoubtedly be impacted” by the events of 2020.

But the IDA Ireland CEO also noted Ireland’s resilience during this tumultuous year, particularly in the areas of technology, pharma and medtech.

“The fundamentals of attracting foreign direct investment haven’t changed, in truth,” said Shanahan.

“The companies want talent, they want the availability of talent. They want stability and consistency, and that has moved right up in terms of a criterion for investors. They want the pro-enterprise policies which a country like Ireland has operated for many years. So for all of those reasons, Ireland will remain attractive.”


Words by Elaine Burke