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Social Inclusion and Equality

Research in this area examines the policy responses required to support vulnerable groups in Ireland. Social inclusion research explores the capacity of individuals and households to participate in economic and social life. Equality research in the ESRI investigates inequalities in opportunities and in outcomes.

Launch event for Access to Childcare and Home Care Services in Europe on 19 September 2019
Ireland’s level of unmet need for childcare and home care is among the highest of 11 European countries

Regina Doherty, TD, Minister of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, launched new ESRI research examining access to childcare and home care services. 

Launch of ESRI IHREC Caring and Unpaid Work Report
Caring and unpaid work in Ireland

New research examines Irish data collected over more than a decade to investigate involvement in unpaid work in the areas of childcare, care of older adults or those with a disability, and housework. 

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Poverty and deprivation

Download research focusing on understanding the underlying processes of poverty and deprivation and how they respond to changing economic circumstances and policy interventions. 

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People with disabilities in Ireland

Download research examining the experiences of people with disabilities in Ireland. 

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Human rights and equality research programme

Explore research published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the ESRI addressing equality and discrimination.