Good Things About Ireland
Friendly People : - Irish People really are friendly - it's not a myth. They are welcoming, and usually accepting. Sometimes they can have a ‘village mentality’ which occasionally means that they’ll know your business before you do. You can start up a conversation with a stranger in Ireland without getting strange looks. .
A strong social network, or community, can provide emotional support during both good and bad times as well as provide access to jobs, services and other material opportunities. In Ireland, 97% of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in a time of need - this one of the highest rates in the OECD. Nearly 59% reported having helped a stranger in the last month, also one of the highest rates in the OECD.
Nearly 3% of people in Ireland reported ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ spending time with friends, colleagues or others in social settings; this figure is much lower than in most OECD countries.
Another important aspect of work-life balance is the amount of time a person spends at work. Evidence suggests that long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardize safety and increase stress. People in Ireland work 1549 hours a year, lower than the OECD average of 1739 hours
When asked, "How is your health in general?", 84% of people in Ireland reported to be in good health, much higher than the OECD average of 69%. Despite the subjective nature of this question, the answers have been found to be a good predictor of people’s future health care use.
When asked, 73% of people in Ireland said they were satisfied with their life, above the OECD average of 59%.
Businesses : the most positive attributes identified by US corporations considering Ireland as a location of choice for foreign direct investment (FDI) are its competitive tax regime, English-speaking and skilled workforce, ease of access, and Government incentives.