Thanks to a 10% increase in its companies' exports in 2015...
Exports by Enterprise Ireland companies reached €20.6 billion in 2015, marking the first time exports by Irish companies have surpassed the €20 billion point.
According to its Client Company Export Performance report on 2015, sales were up 10% on 2014.
The biggest growth markets were the United States and Canada, up 27% to €3bn, though the UK remains our biggest market for exports. The UK accounted for more than a third of our total exports – their €7.5bn spend represented a 12% increase on the previous year.
Exports in all sectors climbed, with construction, manufacturing and software enjoying the greatest increases.
Internationally traded software topped the growth table, rising 32% to €1.8bn.
In domestic terms, Enterprise Ireland clients also spent €23.7bn in the Irish economy.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said: "Enterprise Ireland’s role is to help Irish companies export globally.
"The 2015 export figure of €20.6bn demonstrates the scale of the success that Irish companies are seeing in terms of winning business at record levels internationally.
"Significantly, growth was recorded across all sectors and we are seeing that diversification into high growth markets is a focus for our clients."
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said:
"Irish companies continue to deliver for the Irish economy and the figures announced today show the strength and capabilities of Irish companies competing at a global level.
"I would like to congratulate the exporters and also Enterprise Ireland for supporting these companies in achieving these record exports."