Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

ESRI launches new research on participation in rugby across Ireland
More children and adults are playing rugby – the challenge is to keep them playing

New research funded by the IRFU highlights the need to address a pattern of children dropping out of playing the sport as they get older. The study also highlighted opportunities to get more women and people from lower socio-economic groups involved in rugby.

Minister Katherine Zappone with young people at the launch of Growing Up in Ireland research on the lives of 20-year-olds
Growing Up in Ireland: The lives of 20-year-olds

On 21 November, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, launched new research looking at how 20-year-olds in Ireland are faring. 

Research Areas

The mission of the Economic and Social Research Institute is to advance evidence-based policymaking that supports economic sustainability and social progress in Ireland. ESRI researchers apply the highest standards of academic excellence to challenges facing policymakers, focusing on 12 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.