ida irelandIDA Ireland, the investment arm of the Irish government, is looking for pitches to handle its U.S./U.K. account.

It wants to reach executives in the information technology, cleantech, pharmaceutical, media, consumer goods and business services sectors.

IDA worries that its competitive 12.5 percent corporate tax rate is sometimes perceived as a "tax haven" negative by the media and Washington lawmakers who are concerned about shipping jobs overseas during a time of high unemployment here.

According to its RFP, the U.S. accounts for more than 70 percent of investment in Ireland, exceeding the combined value of American outlays in Brazil, India, Russia and China combined.

Elaine.healy@ida.ie and sinead.cullinan@ida.ie have more info.