The strong role of the food sector in job creation has been acknowledged by Enterprise Ireland CEO Frank Ryan.
He said every job created in Enterprise Ireland-supported firms results in an estimated 1.3 jobs elsewhere.
This compares with analysis which suggests every job created in IDA companies results in the creation of 0.7 of a job outside these companies.
The difference is largely explained by the role of the food sector, which produces a knock-on benefit of expenditure within the State before the moneys go elsewhere, said Mr Ryan.
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