Ireland's other name (besides Emerald isle).
In an attempt to boost the Irish economy, the EU
sort of subsidized foreign companies to settle in Ireland
. Until 2002 (IIRC), those companies only have to pay 12% tax
instead of the 21%. Second advantage is that the native language is English
(only 5-10% gaelic), which makes it easier to recruit people from abroad. Third, the Irish population is young, which means a lot of fresh recent grad
s with up to date technical knowledge
IT companies located in Ireland varying from manufacturing plants (Dell
), software (Microsoft
), support centres (Compaq
) to research and development
(e.g. MIT Media lab
Europe)... and many more.