Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to poorer mental health among young adults

A new ESRI study shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in poorer mental health among young adults. This reflected the disruption to young adults' employment, education and day-to-day activities.

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Energy poverty at highest recorded rate

This report – funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland –  explores the issue of energy poverty and deprivation in Ireland, once again to the forefront of the policy debate given recent increases in energy prices.

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 11 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.