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Subnational Doing Business in Ireland report launched

Nov 27, 2019
The World Bank recently launched the Subnational Doing Business in Ireland report. This report examines the business regulatory environment and its impact on local entrepreneurs in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, across five areas relevant to the lifecycle of small and medium-sized businesses:

  • starting a business; 
  • dealing with construction permits; 
  • getting electricity; 
  • registering property; and 
  • enforcing contracts. 
The report was published to provide data on the ease of doing business in each city, identify regulatory constraints, contribute to the dissemination of best practices and provide policy recommendations on how to improve the business regulatory environment.


The report found that no single city dominates in all five areas measured. There is variation in regulatory performance among Irish cities, with the exception of the 'starting a business' indicators. Findings include:

  • The ‘starting a business’ indicator is one of the areas in which all five Irish cities outscore most EU member states – starting a business in Ireland costs less and is simpler than the EU average.
  • The greatest variation in the performance of the Irish cities studied was in the ‘dealing with construction permits’ indicator. However, all five cities perform above the EU average in this area.
  • Performance gaps on the ‘enforcing contracts’ indicator stem from variations in time and cost.
  • In registering property, all five Irish cities examined differ in time and the quality of land administration.
  • In connecting to an electricity supply, some cities outperform the EU average.
These differences in performance provide policymakers with an opportunity to identify examples of good practices that other Irish cities can adopt to allow businesses to operate more effectively. Significantly, the study suggests that Ireland’s standing on the global Doing Business rankings can further improve through peer learning among Irish cities and adopting domestic good practices.

The report also lists a number of recommendations for reforms and good practices in each of the five areas measured. In addition to making a number of significant recommendations that may require legislative changes, the authors note that there are several small and easily-implemented administrative changes that could potentially make a big difference for businesses.

You can read the full report here.

(Source: Department of Finance)