Irish Culture

Business Culture



  • Punctuality is extremely important to the Irish in the business setting, however it is still generally acceptable to be up to 15 minutes late or to reschedule if one is very delayed.
  • Business is often conducted in semi-social settings such as pubs or restaurants. In these circumstances, the approach is very loose and relaxed, with agendas taking a backseat to socialisation and building rapport. However, when conducting business in an office or professional setting, expect tighter standards to apply.
  • Shake hands with everyone in the room during introductions.
  • Expect meetings to commence with a period of small talk to build rapport before proceeding with the agenda.
  • Negotiations and business proceedings generally involve much discussion, and participation is expected from everyone in order to see the situation from all points of view.
  • Gift giving is generally not expected in the business context, however it is usually appropriate to bring a bottle of wine or a souvenir from one’s own country if invited to social business events.

Communication and Relationship Oriented

Irish and Australian business cultures are similar in their levels of formality and practices, sharing value in relationships and trust in business. Business integrity, cooperation and likability go a long way in establishing this trust, however communication is key to business practice for the Irish. Poor communication, aloofness and aggressive business tactics are not compatible with their business culture. Furthermore, boasting of one’s successes or exhibiting domineering behaviour will be unimpressive to the Irish. Showing competence through good communication and fair practice is preferred.


  • Organisational structures and approaches vary in Ireland, but they are generally characterised by a high level of accessibility between the different levels of the administrative hierarchy.
  • Ireland has some of the most lenient tax brackets for companies in Europe which has prompted multinational conglomerates (such as Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook) to set up headquarters there since the global financial crisis. Ireland was listed as the best place to set up business by Forbes in 2013.
  • On the Corruption Perception Index (2016), Ireland ranks 19th out of 176 countries, receiving a score of 73 (on a scale from 0 to 100). This perception suggests that the country’s public sector is somewhat clean from corruption.
  • Population
    [2016 census]
  • Languages
    English [official]
    Gaelic [official] (39.8%)
    [2016 census]
  • Religions
    Catholic Christianity (78.3%)
    No Religion (9.8%)
    Church of Ireland (2.7%)
    Other Christianity (2.6%)
    Islam (1.3%)
    Other (1.7%)
    [2016 census]
  • Ethnicities
    White Irish (82.2%)
    Other White (9.5%)
    Asian (2.1%)
    Black (1.3%)
    Other (1.5%)
    Irish Travellers (0.7%)
    Not Stated (2.6 %)
    [2016 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 28
    Individualism 70
    Masculinity 68
    Uncertainty Avoidance 35
    Long Term Orientation 24
    Indulgence 65
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  • Australians with Irish Ancestry
    2,388,058 [2016 census]
Irish in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Ireland.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (53.8%)
    Female (46.2%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (75.4%)
    No Religion (11.4%)
    Anglican Christianity (3.8%)
    Other (6.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Irish (89.9%)
    English (4.2%)
    Australian (1.5%)
    Other (3.3%)
  • Languages
    English (95.1%)
    Irish (2.3%)
    Gaelic (0.5%)
    Other (1.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (83.6)%)
    Not Well (5.1%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (32.6%)
    Victoria (21.7%)
    Western Australia (21.2%)
    Queensland (16.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (58.4%)
    2001-2006 (10.5%)
    2007-2011 (27%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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