The majority of people here believe American firms are critical to Ireland's economic future, with more believing that importance will only grow after the pandemic.

A survey by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland found that 81% of Irish consumers believe American firms are of critical importance, with 94% seeing that importance growing post-pandemic.

Three quarters of respondents believed that Ireland’s low corporate tax rate was a "strong factor" in US firms’ decision to set up bases here, while 63% said the quality of the workforce was a deciding factor for companies.

Yesterday the US government proposed a 15% minimum, global tax rate on corporate profits as part of ongoing OECD talks on the subject.

The OECD is hoping to have the outline of an agreement by July, with any backing of a global minimum tax likely to put pressure on Ireland’s 12.5% rate.

However Mark Redmond, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, said he did not see such an outcome making Ireland less attractive.

"I don’t think so, because at this stage corporation tax doesn’t even come into the top five of factors that multinationals consider really important for Ireland to maintain its competitive edge," he said.

What did matter, he said, was smart investment in education, doubling public-private investment in research and development, physical and digital infrastructure, the attractiveness of Ireland as a place to live, and the island’s air connectivity.

Air links between Ireland and the US are clearly severely restricted at the moment due to pandemic travel restrictions.

Those that do come here from the US are also currently required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine.

Mr Redmond said it was important that there was clarity given on when travel restrictions will ease, and when a more normal level of transatlantic travel will be possible once again.

"I think it’s so important that we have a roadmap out of both mandatory hotel quarantine and also a roadmap for air connectivity, which I know the Government is announcing next week, he said.

"Overnight the EU parliament and member states have agreed to the green digital certificate and earlier this week the EU said it was opening up the union to non-essential travel, including from the United States where folks are vaccinated.

"It’s so critically important for a country like Ireland, with a small, open economy, that we get air connectivity back up and running."