Gender and Labour Market Inclusion on the island of Ireland

This event will launch a new ESRI report titled Gender and Labour Market Inclusion on the island of Ireland. 

This report draws on a consultation with key stakeholders and analysis of labour force survey data to identify the barriers and opportunities to women’s labour market participation on the island of Ireland. In both jurisdictions, it explores the impact of policies, education, demographic characteristics, household types, sectors, and attitudes on labour market participation and the working conditions of women and men in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This research is part of a joint research programme between the Department of the Taoiseach’s Shared Island Unit and the ESRI on the economic and social opportunities from increased cooperation on the Shared Island.

Event programme


Registration and light lunch


Welcome Address

Prof Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI


Launch of the report

Anne Barrington, Chair, Joint Research Programme Steering Committee; Former Ambassador and Special Envoy of the Government of Ireland has kindly agreed to launch the report tomorrow.


Overview of Report

Prof Helen Russell and Garance Hingre


Q&A on the report

ESRI Authors


Panel Discussion and Q&A

Alexandra Brennan, Coordinator, Northern Ireland Women's Budget Group

Dr Iris Elliot, Head of Policy and Research, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Owen Reidy, Secretary General, Irish Congress Trade Union

Darren McKinstry, Director of Public Policy & Strategic Engagement, Equality Commissioner for Northern Ireland