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Canada-Ireland fact sheet

Official Title:
Ireland

General Information

Capital: Dublin
Population (million): 4.95
Total Area: 70,280km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.68 EURO (EUR) (2019- 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 (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar (T.D.)

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and Trade: Simon Coveney (T.D.)
Finance: Paschal Donohoe (T.D.)
Business, Enterprise and Innovation: Heather Humphreys (T.D)

Main Political Parties:
Fine Gael (FG); Labour Party (Lab); Fianna Fáil (FF); Sinn Féin (SF); Solidarity, Green. House of Representatives (158): FG (35), Lab (6), FF (38), SF (37), Solidarity (5), Independents (19), Green (12), Other (8)

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

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Ireland Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 506.50 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 102,330.53 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 5.54 1.64
Inflation: (%) 0.88 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 4.99 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $843,131,114
Canadian imports from country: $3,019,603,730
FDI in Canada: $7,718 million
CDI in the country: $9,477 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Jim Kelly

Canadian Representation Abroad:

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
2015 $601,462,529 $1,678,769,785
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 $843,131,114 $3,019,603,730
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - Ireland
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $1,237,704 $50,263,011
02 Veg. Prod. $121,699,434 $1,217,180
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $3,222 $36,963
04 Food Prod. $49,967,802 $187,460,334
05 Mineral Prod. $172,954,600 $77,790,999
06 Chemical Prod. $218,608,084 $2,110,203,574
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $7,878,752 $11,750,834
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $85,768 $241,154
09 Wood Prod. $3,930,936 $1,316,736
10 Paper Prod. $31,169,034 $2,271,864
11 Textiles Prod. $1,689,894 $7,194,340
12 Dress Access. $29,985 $257,162
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,155,434 $5,432,257
14 Precious Metals/stones $91,542 $2,370,661
15 Base Metal Prod. $32,325,237 $13,313,572
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $110,145,476 $166,161,406
17 Vehicles and Equip. $60,970,720 $6,313,080
18 Specialized Inst. $24,256,343 $360,235,770
19 Arms & Ammunition $76,221 $4,505
20 Misc. Articles $1,620,666 $1,761,879
21 Antiques $52,800 $436,507


September 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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