ESRI May 2023 Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Excessive Internet use is a modern concern. A few weeks ago, my colleague Gretta Mohan published research on the topic which found that young women are more likely than young men to report more symptoms of excessive Internet use. However, playing games or sports with parents helped protect against such symptoms. Gretta discussed her work on RTÉ news last week. You can find the link to watch below. 

Opinion articles in national newspapers are another valuable route for dissemination and it was great to see two such pieces from ESRI researchers in recent weeks. Muireann Lynch wrote about the wind energy auction and its implications for consumers. Emily Cunniffe and Keire Murphy wrote about asylum seekers and the asylum process. Both articles were valuable contributions to national conversations on current challenges. 

I’m delighted to welcome Mazars, Rexel Energy Solutions and Datalex as Corporate Members to the ESRI. These are some of the many organisations committed to supporting our independent research and we’re glad to have them on board. You can see other members listed on our website.

On 15th June we will publish three papers for this year’s Budget Perspectives conference. The event launching the papers is at maximum capacity but there are details below on how to join the waiting list. Among the topics to be discussed are cliff-edges in taxation and welfare systems, housing tenure and public healthcare coverage in Ireland, and extending the National Childcare Scheme to childminders. 

Towards the end of the month, we will publish the Summer Quarterly Economic Commentary

In the meantime, I hope you have a relaxing bank holiday weekend planned. 


Professor Alan Barrett