Monaghan is one of Ireland’s leading centres for the production of premium food produce. The county is home to some of the largest food producers in Ireland, and an astonishing 90% of its production is exported.

Agriculture accounts for 12.5% of total employment in Monaghan, compared with a national average of 5%, whilst 9 out of the top 10 employers here are food companies.

The food and drink sector

Monaghan has a unique food landscape with some of the largest food producers in Ireland within the region operating side by side with a small number of innovative artisan producers. Meanwhile, Monaghan’s restaurants, cafes, hotels and bars have a reputation for serving locally grown and sustainably sourced produce, and have won multiple prestigious awards in recent years.


Monaghan’s outstanding track record in the engineering sector combined with its highly educated workforce make it an excellent location to source highly skilled labour for the engineering sector. The county has been at the forefront of the Irish engineering industry for decades, with several indigenous and foreign engineering firms achieving global success while operating from county Monaghan, their location of choice.

Foreign Direct Investment

Monaghan is a highly attractive proposition for major global companies looking for a base in Ireland. The county is home to multiple major multinational firms with a truly global reach, including: Abbott (USA), Agro Merchants Group (USA), Newbaze (China), Gernord (France) and Norbrook (UK).