Big firms make money
MULTINATIONALS manufacture four times more goods than Irish firms, but employ just 12,000 extra people.
The south west of the country has emerged as the place to do business, with more than a third of Ireland's industrial output coming out of the region in 2012.
Nationally, €80bn of gross output was attributed to foreign companies, compared to just a fifth produced by Irish owned units (€20bn).
The capital produced just 20pc, or €21bn worth, of the total with the midlands lagging at the bottom producing €2.8bn or 2.8pc.