Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee, Pat Breen, has today (Thursday) said that Ireland’s ranking as the best country in the world in which to do business by the magazine Forbes, is a ringing endorsement of the Government’s determination to rebuild and enhance our reputation abroad.
“This is quite a considerable achievable for a country of Ireland’s size. We have been ranked top of a list of 145 nations, coming out as the best country in which to do business. When this Government took office less than three years ago, our reputation abroad was in tatters due to the mismanagement of the economy by Fianna Fáil.
“Through tireless efforts, led by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, we have rebuilt our reputation overseas. Trade missions led by the Taoiseach and a number of other ministers, including the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, and the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, have helped to improve relations with our counterparts across the globe.
“Topping the Forbes list will only help to further cement our reputation as being an ideal location for foreign direct investment. The Government has systematically taken steps to make it more attractive to invest in Ireland, by reducing red tape, cutting the cost of doing business and creation an environment where jobs growth can flourish.
“The news that we’ve topped the Forbes list comes just a week after figures from the CSO showed that 58,000 extra people have joined the workforce over the last year. We are on the road to recovery and I have no doubt that this latest endorsement of Ireland as a hub for investment will help to further boost jobs growth.”