Numbers may speak volumes, but a picture of two can really make the difference in understanding why the latest GDP and GNP figures for Ireland are so poor. So on foot of my more numbers-focused post (http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2014/03/1332014-gdp-down-gnp-up-as-2013.html) here are two charts showing sources of changes in GDP and GNP.
Positive numbers imply positive contribution to GDP or GNP from the change in the specific sector/line output.
So largest increases in GDP are down to ICT services MNCs and taxes. Largest declines in GDP down to Industry (ex-construction) and Distribution Transport, Software and Communications.
So all of growth in GNP is down to lower expatriation of profits by MNCs and possible increases of inflows of income from abroad.