Why Invest in The Liberties?

For centuries The Liberties of Dublin have been known as a thriving centre of enterprise and innovation, right in the heart of city. Today you’ll find the perfect location for your business, an area that’s bursting with opportunities.

The Liberties is a traditional neighbourhood, but with a distinctly 21st century outlook – successfully blending the heritage and attractiveness of an historic city quarter, with dynamic enterprise hubs, world-class medical and education centres and a diverse local community. Its the ideal place in which to live, work, visit and invest.

This is the home 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 or learn more about the attractions on offer to retailers with this handy Liberties Retail Prospectus.

If you’re thinking about establishing your 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 helping 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 a remit to revitalise commercial life in the historic heart of Dublin and draw in investment, new business and employment to the area. 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 our latest End of Year Progress Report or look back on our past successes.


In The News

There’s a real buzz about The Liberties. The area is undergoing massive renewal with multi-million euro projects, including the new National Children’s Hospital at St James, a major urban regeneration project by Diageo at St James’s Gate Quarter  and at Newmarket, 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

The Liberties Dublin is open for business! 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 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, Teelings Distillery, 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 the launch of The Digital Hub in 2003, hundreds of companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster and have gone on to create thousands of jobs in the Irish digital economy. 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.


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.

The GEC was named as Europe’s #1 ‘Top University Associated Business Incubator’ in 2015 and again in 2018 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 an icon of  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 with plans by Diageo 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.