ESRI Newsletter April 2022

Message from the Director:

Last week the ESRI hosted the Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD at the online launch of A North-South comparison of education and training systems: lessons for policy. This paper was the fourth paper in our Shared Island research programme, a partnership with the Department of the Taoiseach, and is the first study to systematically compare systems and outcomes in the two jurisdictions from primary to third level. An Taoiseach and I talked about the past and potential future for the area, including apprenticeships, all-island universities and targeted interventions. It was a fascinating and encouraging conversation. You can watch the event, which includes a presentation from researchers and responses from stakeholders, below.

Housing also dominated proceedings this month. A report using 2016 Census data found that Migrants are concentrated in the private rented sector and many have a much higher risk of overcrowding and homelessness than Irish-born. A paper discussing rent stabilisation measures unsurprisingly attracted a lot of debate. In recent days, the figures from a quarterly report we produce with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) which tracks price developments in the Irish private rental market dominated headlines.

Other publications of note are a Research Bulletin on green energy bulletin and a European Migration Network (EMN) report on the policy and practice in Ireland on human trafficking. The latter report looks at the identification of a victim of human trafficking and the subsequent protection provided to victims of human trafficking. A stark but necessary read. You can find links to all these publications in this newsletter.

In terms of events, we have a few virtual conferences in the calendar. You can register for all these below.


Professor Alan Barrett