New business worth €15m was won by Irish companies during a major trade mission to Australia, it emerged today.
The delegation was made up of 44 firms from a range of sectors including software, finance, telecoms, life sciences and environmental services.
Trade and Commerce Minister Billy Kelleher said the new contracts and agreements endorsed Ireland's global reputation as a source of high quality products and services.
Alan Dixon, Asia Pacific Director of Enterprise Ireland, said Australia was the ninth largest export market in the world for Irish companies, with €200m in exports a year.
He said: "We see significant future potential across many of Ireland's key exporting sectors in Australia and will continue to focus our efforts on ensuring Irish exports continue to grow in this exciting market."
Andrews back on the stage
Screen and musical star Dame Julie Andrews performed on a British stage for the first time in 30 years as she played a one-off show at London's O2 Arena.
Mary Poppins star Dame Julie (74) has a stage and movie career stretching back six decades.
It was thought she would never sing again after an operation on her vocal chords in 1997.
But conspicuous by their absence were renditions of classics from Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady.
She did not give an encore, choosing to finish the concert with the Sound of Music tear-jerker Edelweiss.