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Microsoft top exporter

TECHNOLOGY and pharmaceutical firms are topping the list of Ireland's biggest exporters, new figures from the Irish Exporters Association revealed.

Microsoft is the country's biggest exporter with an export turnover of €13.7bn – a 37pc rise on a year ago, Google was the country's second biggest with a turnover of €12.45bn, with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson in third place at €10.5bn.