There is an absence of literature that places social work practice in Ireland within a global context. This circumstance is obstructive to students and practitioners of social work in Ireland, who must increasingly demonstrate understanding of social work as an international endeavour. Ireland is also steadily more globalised and multi-cultural. In social work, related changes underway include increased transience of persons across national lines, and complex transnational social problems. In this context, social workers may broaden their understanding of Irish practice through drawing upon learning from elsewhere. To facilitate this, critical commentary on the literature in this article operates around two overarching themes of particular pertinence. Firstly, social work education and training in Ireland is critically compared to other global contexts. Secondly, social work practice in Ireland is subjected to international comparison with emphasis on the variance of social problems, and therefore of attendant social work, across the globe. In concluding, global cognisance for social workers in Ireland would seem increasingly pertinent and compelled by processes of globalisation.

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