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Ireland

Official Title:
Ireland


General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Ireland
Year Exports Imports
2012 $316,964,438 $1,272,514,302
2013 $428,923,451 $1,390,183,102
2014 $507,057,968 $1,495,796,345
2015 $601,462,529 $1,678,072,807
2016 $496,017,936 $1,934,344,594
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Ireland
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $44,095 $39,835,353
02 Veg. Prod. $18,954,876 $2,395,336
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $70,713
04 Food Prod. $27,487,767 $144,405,868
05 Mineral Prod. $37,408 $510,403
06 Chemical Prod. $235,443,370 $1,312,293,165
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $6,841,367 $10,255,757
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $38,347 $205,545
09 Wood Prod. $4,301,192 $2,290,972
10 Paper Prod. $38,264,253 $2,359,935
11 Textiles Prod. $1,617,224 $5,909,516
12 Dress Access. $113,662 $170,732
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,458,213 $3,152,964
14 Precious Metals/stones $46,178 $1,617,963
15 Base Metal Prod. $22,606,680 $8,471,236
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $48,201,911 $114,648,608
17 Vehicles and Equip. $58,540,680 $5,919,634
18 Specialized Inst. $27,242,555 $269,583,061
19 Arms & Ammunition $58,558 $267
20 Misc. Articles $1,115,087 $1,461,643
21 Antiques $8,560 $179,870

Capital: Dublin
Population (million): 4.69
Total Area: 70,280km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.68208 EURO (EUR) (2016 - Annual average)
National Holiday: March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day
Language(s): English, Irish (Gaelic)


Political Information

Type of State:
Republic

Type of Government:
Parliamentary democracy. National Parliament (Oireachtas) consists of the President and two houses: Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives, 166 seats) and Seanad Éireann (Senate, 60 seats) with powers and functions derived from the Constitution of Ireland (enacted July 1st 1937). Each House has power under its Standing Orders to form Committees for specific purposes. The Prime Minister (leader of the majority party or coalition) is nominated by the House of Representatives and appointed by the President.

Head of State:
President Michael D. Higgins

Head of Government:
Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar (T.D.)

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and Trade: Simon Coveney (T.D.)
Finance: Paschal Donohoe (T.D.)
Enterprise and Innovation: Francis Fitzgerald (T.D.)

Main Political Parties:
Fine Gael (FG); Labour Party (Lab); Fianna Fáil (FF); Sinn Féin (SF); Socialist Party (SP); People Before Profit (PBP); Workers and Unemployed Action Group (WUAG) House of Representatives: FG (70), Lab (34), FF (20), SF (14), SP (2), PBP (1), WUAG (1), Independents (23), Chair (1) Senate: FG (19), Lab (11), FF (14), SF (3), Independents (13)

Elections:
President (7 year term) : next in 2018. Senate members, House of Rep. (both 5 year term): next in 2021.


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type Ireland Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 389.10 2,026.59
GDP per capita: ($) 82,910.03 55,938.56
GDP growth rate: (%) 5.22 1.43
Inflation: (%) -0.21 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 7.92 7

Product Trade and investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $496,017,936
Canadian imports from country: $1,934,344,594
FDI in Canada: $6,977 million
CDI in Ireland: $3,719 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador-designate James Kelly

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Kevin Vickers


June 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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