Top 10 Companies in Ireland


The Irish Times have announced their top 1,000 companies. The top 1,000 Companies tracks and accesses the latest in business and market trends and contains a definitive listing of the largest companies in the country, both north & south. The list is compiled and verified by The Irish Times’ business team, it is published once, and is an invaluable resource for anyone doing business in Ireland.

1. Apple

The tech giant Apple designs and iPods, iTunes, Mac computers, the OS X operating system and of course the iPhone. The company is based in Cork and currently employs over 5,000 people as a result of a 25% increase in workforce over 2015. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple describes this office as their most divers, with employees coming from over 80 countries. It was announced in November 2015 that Apple would construct a new building at the Hollyhil site and would provide a further 1,000.  Apple has a  reported turnover of €119.2 billion

2. Google

Google Ireland is the European, Middle Eastern & African headquarters for Google and provides technical, sales and operations support to customers in over 50 countries. Google has a reported turnover of €32.2 billion and employs an excess of 3,000 people.

3. CRH

CRH plc is an international building materials group. The group was formed through a merger in 1970 of two leading Irish public companies, Cement Limited and Road Stone Limited. CRH is headquartered in Dublin. The company employs 87,000 professionals and has a reported turnover of €26.8 billion.

4. Medtronic PLC

The medical device company Medtronic-Covidien became the largest Ireland-based company when it began trading on the New York Stock exchange in 2015. Following Medtronic Inc’s $49.9 billion acquisition of Dublin-domiciled surgical supplies group Covidien, the Minneapolis-based business moved its corporate headquarters to Ireland in a new in a new holding company, Medtronic plc, under the largest corporate inversion to date. Medtronic and Covidien have an estimated combined revenue of $27 billion.

5. Eaton Corp

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help its customers effectively manager electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees around the world and sells products top customers in more than 175 countries. Eaton Corp employs more than 97,000 people and has a reported turnover of €19.3 billion.

6. Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook on a daily basis to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. The company has 12,691 employees worldwide as of December 31, 2015. Facebook employs over 4,500 people and has a reported turnover of €18.7 billion

7. Microsoft

Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd is a subsidiary of the software giant Microsoft which sells, distributes and markets software globally from Dublin. Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company, established an Irish manufacturing facility in 1985 and now employs over 1,200 staff directly at its operations in south Dublin. About 700 contract staff also work there. Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd sells Windows, Office and other Microsoft. software in about 120 countries worldwide. Including Ireland. Employ over 2,000 people, with an estimated turn over of €18.5 billion.

8. DCC

The DCC group provides sales, marketing, distribution and business support services and operates across five divisions which are: Energy, Sercom (which encompasses IT and entertainment products) Healthcare, Environmental and Food and Beverage. The DCC group has more than 10,000 employees and an estimated turnover of €16.7 billion.

9. Allergan Inc

On March 17th, 2015, Actavis completed the acquisition of Allergan, creating a $23 billion diversified global pharmaceutical company known as Allergan, headquartered in Dublin. Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland, a subsidiary of Allergan Inc., is based in Westport, Co.Mayo, Established in 1977, the current facility has grown over 500,000 sq/ft on a 30 acre campus. The Westport Site has two plants – a Sterile Pharmaceutical Ophthalmic plant and a Biologics plant. Allergan currently employs 850 people in Ireland. The Allergan Eurocentre office was established in Dublin in 1996, this office provides a range of customer services and commercial support activities, to the EAME region. Members of the corporate Treasury function of the EAME Legal team are also based in Dublin. Allergan Inc employs almost 17,000 people and has a reported turnover of €14.1 billion.

10. Ingersoll-Rand

Ingersoll-Rand Irish Holdings operates as a subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand Plc. The industrial technology firm makes climate control systems. Employs 46,000 people, estimated turnover €14 billion.

These are recognised as Ireland’s top 10 companies in both the north and south of the country. To see the full list of the Top 1000 companies click here

Source: The Irish Times








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