Key legal and
business trends  

2024 Update

The Irish government has made significant changes in the last few years to create a transparent, healthy and investment-friendly business landscape for employers and employees, with an emphasis on immigrant workers, changes in tax law and more.

Recent changes in Irish business law have helped to consolidate Ireland's position as a stable and tax efficient jurisdiction for business. In this article, we talk about the key trends affecting business in Ireland. 

Irish Tax Law Changes 

Ireland's tax landscape has undergone significant changes, including a tax rate increase for large businesses and the introduction of interest limitation rules, alongside the mechanism for granting incentives for research and development. These adjustments, coupled with flexible employee remuneration schemes and a streamlined tax administration system, highlight Ireland's aim to remain an attractive location for business. Discover how these changes could impact you and explore the benefits of conducting business in Ireland. 

Tax Rate Change
Interest Limitation Rules
The 2016 Reporting Regime
Research & Development (R&D) in Ireland
Flexible Remuneration for Employees


With an unemployment rate at 4.9%, indicating full employment, Ireland is emphasising the importance of immigrant labour to bridge its labour market's skills gaps. The Government's expansion of the employment permits system to include 43 new occupations demonstrates a proactive effort to attract skilled international workers. As the country tackles the challenges of a rising number of international protection applicants and other domestic issues, it remains focused on fostering a balanced and welcoming immigration policy for skilled workers.

Unemployment Rate (4.9%)
Salary Thresholds
Employment Permits Bill 2022
Anti-immigration Sentiments


Ireland's employment landscape is evolving with new measures that shift social costs to employers, impacting business operations. These include mandatory sick leave, a raised minimum wage, flexible working rights, and support for domestic violence victims, alongside a future pension auto-enrolment scheme. Amidst a competitive talent market, these changes aim to enhance worker welfare and retention. The country is also navigating discussions around union representation and collective bargaining, indicating a shift towards more inclusive employee engagement. Recent updates consist of: 

Pro-active Social Agenda
Talent Battle in Ireland
Union Representation

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