Defence & security sector in Ireland

Defence & security sector in Ireland

The main opportunities lie in domestic anti-terrorism, defence against organised crime, anti-smuggling activities, together with international peace keeping operations.

Market overview

The broad nature of the sector can be seen in the numerous potential civil and military users of defence & security products and services across the Irish public and private sectors:

  • In the public sector, the Department of Defence, notwithstanding budgetary constraints, has committed itself to the ongoing upgrade and modernisation of existing defence equipment and systems to adequately discharge their duties.

  • Similarly, the wider public sector in Ireland also offers opportunities in the security sphere, with the Irish police force, Revenue Commissioners and Customs, and various other regulatory agencies, continuing to seek effective aids to their operations.

  • The private sector, meanwhile, offers similar opportunities in the security sphere to those found in the UK, such as IT and CCTV security. This would include, in particular, numerous multinational companies, many of which have globally important and commercially sensitive operations in Ireland.

Key opportunities

With the above potential areas highlighted, opportunities can be seen in:

  • IT security and remote surveillance

  • Cash-in-transit anti-theft systems

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Fisheries protection and monitoring

  • Anti-smuggling equipment

  • Army transport trucks and light armoured vehicles

Latest export opportunities – Defence

Latest export opportunities – Security

Latest export opportunities – Ireland

Getting into the market

British companies wishing to enter and / or develop their business in the Irish market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible. There are few barriers to entry with the same language, similar legal and regulatory structures as well as numerous cultural and business links.

UKTI’s team in Ireland, with its wide local knowledge and sector experience, can provide a range of services to British-registered companies wishing to grow their business in the Irish market.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Provision of market information;

  • Validated lists of agents / distributors / other contacts as required;

  • Key market players or potential customers in the Irish market;

  • Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you;

  • Arranging appointments; and

  • Organising seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Irish market.

More about doing business in Ireland


Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists based overseas – or contact your local international trade team.

Contact your local international trade team

UKTI Events

UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.

Latest events – Defence & Security

Major Events

Being a small and, traditionally, neutral market, there are no conferences and exhibitions of note purely focused in the defence and security sector.

Notwithstanding the above, there are events, which would have a security element, for example, in numerous topical ICT sector events, ranging from data centre to cloud computing security.

These other sector events aside, interested Irish buyers, public and private, would usually attend the main defence and security events in the UK, Europe and globally.

Useful links

More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters

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Sectors: Defence & Security
Countries: Ireland
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