The Irish Software Industry
The Irish software industry is a tale of two industries. The multinational sector — the outcome of a successful foreign direct investment (FDI) policy by the Irish government — contributed to the emergence of the indigenous sector. Although indigenous Irish companies are generally small, their increasing orientation towards products for sectors such as financial services and telecommunications is promising. The Irish government did not set out to develop an indigenous software industry, but they did so indirectly. They were highly successful in luring software multinational corporations (MNCs) by creating a favorable business (tax) environment and investing heavily in science and technology. Ireland's membership of the EU and strong historical connections to the United States also contributed to its software success.
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