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The vast majority of Irish people believe investments from US companies are critical to the economy. 

That's according to a survey conducted on behalf of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and, given the pressures on foreign direct investment, will no doubt be welcomed by those in the sector.

After all, this week alone has seen renewed accusations that Ireland is a tax haven, suggestions that corporation tax rules should be tightened and warnings about the impact of tax changes in the US.

Almost 70% of US firms here believe Ireland has become a more attractive location for US foreign direct investment, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. The chamber says Ireland needs to invest now to ensure it remains competitive.

Mark Redmond is the Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. 

 According to Redmond, remaining competitive could be an issue as US companies' are not worried about corporate tax, "but the talent and skills pipeline in terms of Ireland's future success in attracting inward investment that would include science, technology, engineering, maths, and language skills."

Such talent, however, is a concern that outweighs those of corporate tax as Redmond stated "the recently published University rankings revealed 6 of our 8 universities fell."

With only 100 of 700 US firms paying corporation tax, concerns regarding double taxation agreements and taxation changes are also on the table, but Redmond has faith in Ireland's broad, multinational community. 

"Compared to countries like Germany, France, or other member states, Ireland is on par in terms of the percentage of DDP corporation tax paid and I think about 70% of corporation tax paid in Ireland is actually paid by the broad multinational community."