Irish exports reached record levels last year

Exports from Irish companies reached record levels last year according to new figures released today.

Enterprise Ireland companies sold 16 billion euro worth of goods and services overseas. That is up from 15.2 billion in 2011.

The best performing companies were those specialising in Engineering, Software, Financial Services and Medical Devices.

And the biggest markets for Irish companies were in the USA, Asia and Latin America.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.

"Clearly the gains are in the BRIC markets, the Middle East - these are the areas where Enterprise Ireland is diversifying" he said.

"You can see that in the Asia-Pacific area 20 percent growth per annum is being achieved".

"They've reached a billion sales in the Asia-Pacific - that's a real sign of diversification, and building in markets that are growing extraordinarily rapidly" he added.