Globalization

It is impossible to ignore the effects globalization has on Dublin. With the Docklands being built within a short 20 years and many major corporations locating here, Dublin has been essentially rebuilt through globalization. Taking a step back and observing globalization as a whole, there are several benefits and negatives that go in hand. One major argument for globalization is the economic stimulation it can bring to a city. Helping to fight against poverty, globalization can bring attention and revenue to a city. As a counterpoint to this, globalization brings many people to a city that may not be prepared for it. This is very apparent in Dublin where there is a rush to build apartments and provide successful transit to keep up with the mass amount of new citizens in their city. Although it is helpful to the economy, it can be detrimental once it begins to slow down. In addition, the growth of globalization can also be a decline in culture within a city, since many outsiders are coming to work and live there.

As mentioned previously, globalization is majorly apparent in the Docklands. As we learned in class, the government funds almost all Irish students to attend college for free. This is significant to the tech industries because they are developing their companies in a country with many educated young adults. Not only does the Dublin globalization help with employment, but it also helps the tech companies with hiring educated employees as well. On a tourism end, the more economic development within the city, the more popularity can be found in a city. More people are coming to visit Dublin because of the opportunities, which raises the economy on a tourism end. The globalization of a tech and tourism end is economically beneficial to Dublin because of the opportunities and attraction it brings. Viewing it from a cultural end, however, some would argue that the influx of outsiders to Ireland is diminishing the existing culture. In general, I feel as though the globalization is necessary for Ireland to grow as a separate country and gain respect apart from the UK. With the growth of industry and economy, Ireland is at the forefront of becoming a major capital in business, with the only major problem ahead is when it will end.

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