Why Invest in The Liberties?

For centuries The Liberties of Dublin has been a thriving centre of enterprise and innovation, right in the heart of city. Today you’ll find a location for your business that’s bursting with opportunities: a traditional, engaging neighbourhood, but with a distinctly 21st century outlook.  The Liberties successfully blends the heritage and attractiveness of an historic city quarter, with dynamic media and tech hubs, world-class medical and education centres and a diverse local community. Its the ideal place in which to live, work, visit and invest.

You’re welcome to an area of iconic brands, evocative placenames, creative energy and engaging architecture; where Old Dublin meets New Dublin.  So take a fresh look at The Liberties!

Why Dublin 8 is better for your business

Find out more about the dynamic sectors underpinning the area’s rejuvenation with our Liberties Investment Brochure 2017, or learn more about the attractions on offer to retailers with this handy Liberties Retail Prospectus 2017.

If you’re thinking about establishing a business here or investing in The Liberties Dublin, then we’re here to help. Dublin City Council is actively working to promote investment in The Liberties and improve the environment for businesses already here through its Business Area Improvement Initiative – a public-private sector partnership that is working to transform The Liberties into Dublin’s best location in which to live, work, visit and invest.

Contact: Stephen Coyne at The Liberties Business Area Improvement Initiative at (01) 222 5180 or email at info@libertiesdublin.ie


The Liberties Business Area Improvement Initiative

The Liberties Business Area Improvement Initiative was established in 2014 with an initial three year remit to enhance and improve the historic heart of Dublin and create an area more attractive to investment, new business and employment. Dublin City Council and its partners are actively promoting D8 as a location for new enterprise.

Find out about the background to the programme and the progress to date with the End of Year Progress Report 2017 and look back on our past successes.


In The News

New investment in The Liberties has been highlighted in national media over the past year and almost €1 billion of new projects are currently being completed or under planning in the area, including the new National Children’s Hospital at St James, a major €150m investment by Diageo at Victoria Quay, new visitor attractions, new student accommodation centres, and a renewed focus on food, restaurants and cafes and the evening economy. Find out more throughout the site.

Setting up a business is a big thing in which to invest. This guide will help you through the process

Setting Up Business – A Useful guide

Welcome to The Liberties Dublin, one of the city’s most dynamic and lively neighbourhoods. This handy ‘doing-business’ guide has been compiled to provide you with some of the relevant information you need to invest or set up business in The Liberties. It sets out what might be expected of you as an establishing business-holder, and provides some useful contacts who may be able to assist you invest in the area. The short guide can be downloaded here.

Liberties Business Forum

Liberties Business Forum

The Liberties Business Forum was established in March 2014 by organisations and traders in the area to represent the views of businesses and to work proactively for physical renewal and urban regeneration. The Forum currently includes representation from Dublin City Council South Central Area, The Digital Hub Development Agency, National College of Art & Design, Diageo Ireland plc, St James Hospital, The GEC and the businesses of Francis Street, Thomas Street and Meath Street. You can contact the Forum at forum@libertiesdublin.ie

The Digital Hub

www.thedigitalhub.com | +353 (0)1 480 6200 | www.facebook.com/TheDigitalHub

Since its launch in 2003, The Digital Hub has been home to almost 200 technology and digital content businesses and it now provides work to over 650 employees. The thriving, nine-acre campus is situated on the doorstep of Dublin’s city centre, with convenient access to all modes of public transport. With world-class infrastructure and services, the high-spec office space is flexible and affordable.

Guinness Enterprise Centre

www.gec.ie | +353 (0)1 410 0600 | www.facebook.com/GECinD8

The GEC provides a dynamic environment in which to build a thriving business, combining work and office space with business support services in a connected network of entrepreneurs, high growth companies, investors and support agencies.

In October 2015, The GEC was named as Europe’s #1 ‘Top University Associated Business Incubator’ at the #UBIAwardsEU.

Guinness Storehouse

www.guinness-storehouse.com | +353 (0)1 408 4800 | www.facebook.com/GuinnessStorehouse

For over 250 years, Guinness has been a vital asset to The Liberties and traditionally the area’s biggest employer. Now the historic St James’s Gate site is set for a new lease of life. In 2017 Diageo, the parent company of Guinness, announced plans to redevelop 15 acres of its lands as a new urban quarter combining residential, commercial and leisure uses.  Meanwhile The Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, provides a fascinating journey deep into the heart of the world famous St James’s Gate brewery. With seven floors overlooking The Liberties, the Storehouse also offers one of Dublin’s most unique conference and meeting venues.  There’s a range of top quality event spaces to suit every requirement.

St James’s Hospital

www.stjames.ie | +353 (0)1 410 3000 | www.facebook.com/StJamessHospitalDublin/

The development of St James’s Hospital is a key economic driver for The Liberties. With investment in the adult hospital and its facilities, aligned research centres, institutes such as MISA and the development of new children’s hospital at St James’s, the hospital is at the centre of a €1bn reinvention of healthcare delivery. The growth of medtech and digital innovation at the hospital is spurring new opportunities for many of the firms based within nearby enterprise clusters and third-level institutes.