Balance of International Payments

Stat Number



Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Current, capital and financial accounts and balances, summarising the economic transactions of the residents of Ireland with the rest of the world. The results show the nature of the transactions with non-residents in terms of merchandise, service, income and financial investment components. They are also broken down by IFSC and non-IFSC activity, and some geographic detail is provided.

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Various CSO annual and quarterly Balance of Payments surveys.


All economic transactions of residents of Ireland with the rest of the world.



Reference period

Calendar quarter

Start date

1998 quarter 1


3 months after the end of the reference period


  • Current account balance
    Merchandise; Services (Transport; Tourism and travel; Communications; Insurance; Financial services; Computer services; Royalties/Licences; Business services; Other services); Income (Compensation of employees; Investment income; Direct investment income; Income on equity; Dividends and distributed branch profits; Reinvested earnings; Income on debt; Portfolio investment income; Income on equity; Income on debt; Other investment income); Current transfers.
  • Financial account balance
    Direct investment (Equity; Reinvested earnings; Other capital); Portfolio investment assets and liabilities (Equity; Debt instruments; Bonds and notes; Money market instruments); Other investment (Loans, currency and deposits); Reserve assets (Monetary gold; Special drawing rights; Reserve position in the IMF; Foreign exchange); Net errors and omissions; Government financial transactions.
  • Geographic detail
    EMU; non-EMU; EU; non-EU.


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