Introduction to the General economy
County Kildare is situated in the east of Ireland, adjacent
to the nation's capital, Dublin. It has a population of
135,000 and a land area of 1694 sq. km. In common
with the rest of the country it has undergone great economic
and social change in the last decade. This has been led
by a national economic revival referred to internationally
as the "Celtic Tiger".
Since the mid 1990's, Ireland has experienced consistent
growth rates of up to 10% per annum. This has been attributed
to years of strong government planning through the implementation
of five-year National Development Plans. These plans provided
for large-scale investment in infrastructural projects
and the focussed development of Ireland as a base for
multinational export-oriented companies.