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The Irish Industrial Development Authority - IDA has an outstanding track record of attracting all the top (mainly US) high tech, IT, Pharma, and financial services operations to base their European HQ's here - sometimes just manufacturing sites, but increasingly R&D and professional services as well.  It has a very long-term strategic remit -= i.e. identify new growth industries, key players, likely winners - and encourage them with grants, low tax, ready made sites, highly educated english speaking work force etc. - to locate here despite increasingly higher costs.

The strategy needs a revamp, but it has been extremely successful in the past - arguably the greatest single factor in the Celtic Tiger success.

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