December 2021 Newsletter

Message from the Director:

We are ending a busy year with a number of important reports being published in December. One of these reports explores the effectiveness of measures aimed at reducing racial discrimination and at promoting diversity in the labour market. I expect the report to be impactful, partly because the review of international evidence contained in the report will inform the work of the Government’s Anti-Racism Committee. The research was funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

We also launched the first publications from our joint research programme with the Shared Island Unit of the Department of the Taoiseach titled The Economic and Social Opportunities from Increased Cooperation on the Shared Island. These reports examined (1) cross-border trade in services on the island of Ireland and (2) factors and policies underlying the attractiveness of Ireland and Northern Ireland to FDI in high-value knowledge-intensive sectors. I was privileged to participate at the Shared Island Forum which marked the first year of the Government’s Shared Island initiative, which was opened by the Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD.

December at the ESRI saw a particular focus on young people’s lives with three reports addressing facets of living in Ireland today as a young adult. Growing Up in Ireland’s The Lives of 20-Year-Olds — Making the Transition to Adulthood tackled a key phase in the young adults’ lives as they make the transition into post-school education, training, and employment, form an adult identity and forge new relationships with peers and others. Research funded by HSE Health and Wellbeing examined the risk and protective factors for mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Joint research with Pobal explored challenges experienced by children with disabilities in accessing early learning and school age care and education.

Before we close for the holidays, I wanted to thank all the ESRI staff who have ensured the Institute continued to flourish in 2021 under difficult circumstances. I wish you and your loved ones a pleasant, safe and relaxing Christmas.


Professor Alan Barrett