3.4.1 Kilkenny's Economy

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3.4.1 Kilkenny’s Economy

Kilkenny city is identified as a self-sustaining regional driver with a significant population  and as a major centre for delivery of public services, with public and private hospitals, third level education, courts, local and national government functions as well as economic and business roles and higher order retail functions.  The City is an administration centre for state and semi-state agencies including the regional HQ of the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health Services Executive (HSE), the national HQ of the Patents Office, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and The Heritage Council.

Kilkenny city has also developed a strong profile as a services centre with companies such as State Street, VHI, and Taxback.com being present. This is reflected in the fact that the City is the 8th largest employment centre in the State.

The County as a whole boasts a strong indigenous industry in sectors such as food and drink (e.g. Glanbia, Connolly Red Mills and artisan food producers) as well as the craft sector. The city has a high profile nationally and internationally as a medieval city and a centre for tourism, festivals, heritage and the arts.

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