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Irish Statisitics

In a Sunday Times article of the 31st of May 2009 Paul McGurran, a director of e-commerce at Magico Web Design said that web sales in Ireland exceed €12m a day and are bucking the downturn in retailing by showing significant growth.

Latest available figures from the Central Statistics Office of Ireland indicate that in the first quarter of 2008 62% of households in Ireland were connected to the internet compared with 45% in 2005.

In 2005 only 7% of Irish households had a broad band connection. By 2007 this had increased to 31% and this increasing trend has seen the latest available figures for 2008 indicating that 43% of all households in Ireland now have a broadband connection.

96% of all Irish medium enterprises employing 10 or more people now have a broadband connection. This compared with 68% in 2007 and 61% in 2006.

Based on a sample of 8,000 enterprises in March 2008 - 65% of all enterprises reported that they have a website or homepage

International Comparisons

In 2008, 63% of Irish households had access to the internet at home compared with the European average of 60% for the same period.

Of those Irish households with internet access at home, 68% indicated that they had a broadband connection compared with the European average of 80%.