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Canada-Ireland fact sheet

Official Title:
Ireland

General Information

Capital: Dublin
Population (million): 4.99
Total Area: 70,280km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.68 EURO (EUR) (2020- 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 Micheál Martin

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and Defense : Simon Coveney (T.D.)
Finance: Paschal Donohoe (T.D.)
Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Leo Varadkar (T.D)

Main Political Parties:
Fine Gael (FG); Labour Party (Lab); Fianna Fáil (FF); Sinn Féin (SF); Solidarity, Green. House of Representatives (160): FF (37), SF (37), FG (34), Green (12), Lab (7), Social Democrats (6), Solidarity (5), Independents (19), Others (3) including the Speaker

Elections:
President (7 year term) : next in 2025. Senate members, House of Rep. (both 5 year term): next in 2025.

Economic Information (2020)

Comparative figures
Type Ireland Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 550.94 2,162.38
GDP per capita: ($) 110,328.70 56,945.03
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.48 -5.4
Inflation: (%) -0.46 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 5.62 9.6

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $672,336,388
Canadian imports from country: $3,197,727,423
FDI in Canada: $17,574 million
CDI in the country: $11,993 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Eamonn McKee

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Nancy Smyth

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 figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Ireland
Year Exports Imports
2016 $495,874,221 $1,935,290,287
2017 $587,995,048 $2,351,396,490
2018 $797,670,397 $2,959,608,365
2019 $843,143,320 $3,022,315,255
2020 $672,336,388 $3,197,727,423
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Ireland
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $647,791 $64,134,429
02 Veg. Prod. $103,248,831 $1,107,206
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $3,050 $33,756
04 Food Prod. $62,096,273 $190,858,219
05 Mineral Prod. $65,677,995 $79,041,385
06 Chemical Prod. $153,950,611 $2,234,611,787
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $5,467,103 $10,049,190
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $173,488 $295,269
09 Wood Prod. $3,093,289 $579,066
10 Paper Prod. $21,721,438 $2,356,319
11 Textiles Prod. $2,213,105 $10,518,272
12 Dress Access. $629,224 $177,280
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,018,723 $8,788,514
14 Precious Metals/stones $345,952 $1,091,578
15 Base Metal Prod. $15,919,882 $8,895,149
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $167,828,703 $120,182,193
17 Vehicles and Equip. $29,125,783 $10,227,386
18 Specialized Inst. $19,725,380 $429,913,611
19 Arms & Ammunition $13,883 $
20 Misc. Articles $1,323,156 $1,748,584
21 Antiques $49,674 $317,762


August 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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