Actually I think Ireland has a HUGE opportunity to make a fortune from flight training, but our governement doesn't seem to see it.
Most commerical aviation takes place through English. So most commerical pilots will be taught through English.
Presently they go to the USA in huge numbers to do that. But that has become more awkard due to visa requirement etc.
Other big English centres? Well the UK is one obviously. But they have busy and complicated airspace. Not ideally suited to intensive training.
Australia is another possibility of course.
Ireland is a good possibility too. Plenty of open airspace. Visa's not so much of an issue. Most of our rules follow ICAO norms. Our climate is well suited to the IR part of the training. Plenty of quite regional airports for practicing instrument approaches.
What would be required to get them here? Well cost is the big attraction of the USA still. But if the government would reduce drastically the taxes on avgas for commerical training that would change that. IAA controls most (all?) of the ATCers in Ireland. If they used that positon to ensure that GA was treated in the same way as in the USA and given equal priority that would be a huge addition too.
And finally...some forethought and marketing.
What the government loses in Avgas duty, they would more than make up for in additional payroll taxes and VAT etc which comes from having a booming industry.
But of course, commerically, the IAA looks at airlines, not the commerical end of GA.
A huge opportunity overlooked.