Ireland's rapid economic growth from 1993 to 2007 saw it become one of the world's most dynamic economies. However, the global economic downturn, a lengthy property market boom and problems within the Irish banking system led to recession from which the country is still recovering. The good news is that the Irish economy returned to growth in 2011 and is continuing to expand.
Did you know? Irish food and drink exports for 2014 were worth almost €10.5 billion a year representing an expansion of 45% or €3.2 billion since 2009.