Research information in Ireland

We’re thinking about moving our existing products into new markets in Ireland, but it’s much harder here to find research information. Any suggestions on where to start?

Businesses often launch new products into new markets without gathering all the information, so you’re right to start by doing some homework. There are fantastic sources of information in Ireland including:

Enterprise Ireland
Business Information Centre, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

Enterprise Ireland is a government department and more focused on helping you export from Ireland. They have great resources and access to many market research publications and will provide additional support in the form of mentoring and advice. See

The Business Information Centre
This is based in the Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Tel + 353 1 8733996 / 8734333
Fax + 353 1 8721451

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Friday, Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: Closed

A wealth of business information and really helpful librarians, their materials include

  • Business (Newspaper articles) Subject Files
  • Irish Business People (Newspaper profiles) Files
  • Irish Company and Organisations Reports
  • Start Your Own Business Reference Material
  • Company Research Databases
  • Market Research Reports and Information
  • Local Authority Development Plans
  • Periodicals and Business Magazines
  • Business Research Databases
  • Newspaper Holdings
  • Irish Telephone Books in Print (Residential and Business)
  • Worldwide Telephone Books Online
  • Irish Government Legislation
  • National and International Statistical Information
  • Irish and International Directories Collection

Starting a Business

  • books, periodicals, business magazines, reports, newspaper cuttings
  • access sample business plans
  • research the market
  • find sources of loans, grants, and support facilities
  • find out about VAT, taxation, company law
  • suggested websites [under sub-heading Starting Your Own Business]
  • referral service, where necessary

Doing Research

  • access national and international statistics
  • investigate market information and consumer analysis
  • consult newspaper cuttings on Irish companies and business subjects
  • study the wide range of reference books, periodicals and directories
  • access newspaper articles and profiles of Irish business people and personalities

There is also Plato Ireland which helps businesses through a support network and a partnership arrangement with the largest companies in Ireland. See

Best of luck with your research!