Selected Library & Research Service Publications
The Library & Research Service regularly produces research publications for Members of the Oireachtas.
Selected papers and publications are published here. They are produced in portable document format (PDF) and require the use of Adobe Acrobat
The L&RS regrets it cannot supply the general public with material and secondary sources cited in footnotes or bibliography. Please note, some embedded URL links may only work for internal Oireachtas users.
Written for Members of the 32nd Dáil and 25th Seanad Research Matters is a collection of impartial briefings by the Oireachtas Library & Research Service on selected key topics.
The topics chosen feature key challenges for Irish society in 2016 across a wide range of areas including:
L&RS Notes Series
The L&RS Notes series provides short papers on a broad range of topics of interest to Members. L&RS Notes focus on a narrow aspect of a topic and are not intended to be an in-depth analysis of a single issue. Written for Members, L&RS Notes are intended to inform Members and be a starting point for further research.
Latest L&RS Note
FAQs on the triggering of Article 50
Published 28th March 2017
This L&RS Note has been drafted in the context of the announcement that the UK Government intends to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) on Wednesday 29th March 2017. In doing so, it will formally start the process by which the UK will leave the EU.
Link to:L&RS Notes 2017
Each Spotlight provides an in-depth briefing on a single topic.
International human rights law: operation and impact
No. 2 of 2016 (Published 9 June 2016)
This Spotlight provides an overview of the operation of international human rights law. It seeks to highlight how international human rights law impacts upon Irish law as well as the work of parliament.
Link to: Spotlights 2016
The Economics Indicators are drafted by economists in the Oireachtas Library and Research Service and look at key indicators in relation to the Irish economy.
Link to: Economic Indicators 2017
Procedural Knowledge Series
The Procedural Knowledge Series is drafted by researchers and focuses on detailing parliamentary / legislative processes and operating procedure concerning the Houses of the Oireachtas using Plain English.
Link to: L&RS InfoGraphics
2016 General Election
This infographic outlines key statistics from results of General Election 2016. It's in both Irish and English.
Map of Election Results
The Oireachtas Library & Research Service has produced a short booklet for Oireachtas members that displays the results of the 2016 General Election through maps. To download the booklet or individual maps please click here.
Guide to researching Members of the Oireachtas
The L&RS has updated and published its guide to "Researching past and present Members."
This is a useful starting point for anyone wishing to source biographical information on a Member of the Oireachtas.
Election Results infographic
This Infographic outlines key statistics from results of General Election 2016. Its in both English and Irish.
Maps of Election Results
The Oireachtas Library & Research Service has produced a short booklet for Oireachtas members that displays the results of the 2016 General election through maps. To download the booklet or individual maps please click here.
Briefing papers for the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association (NSIPA)
The North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association (N/SI-PA) comprises representatives from all the main political parties of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Houses of the Oireachtas. The N/SI-PA meets twice a year in plenary session to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern to TDs, MLAs and Senators. The Oireachtas Library and Research Service and the Research and Information Service in the Northern Assembly jointly produce background briefing papers for the delegates to the plenary. The latest of these papers are available below.
Link to: N/SI-PA briefing papers
CAP Reform 2014-20
The Library & Research Service is pleased to publish an updated version of the paper entitled CAP reform 2014-20: EU agreement and implementation in the UK and in Ireland. This is a collaborative research paper produced jointly by the research services of the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons (in respect of the CAP in England).
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package for 2014-2020 has been finalised and Member States are using 2014 as a transitional year as they prepare to introduce new Basic Payment Schemes and new Rural Development Programmes.
This paper updates the November 2013 version which was prepared whilst many issues were still the subject of consultation. It sets out the main implementation decisions of Ireland and the four constituent parts of the UK. The new agreement allows Member States and their devolved administrations a great deal of flexibility regarding how they implement the provisions. This allows them to tailor a CAP package to suit their particular farming systems and rural development priorities. As a result, the packages agreed in Ireland and across the UK administrations differ considerably with few common themes.
This paper seeks to highlight where the approaches have diverged and where they are consistent and provides an overview of stakeholder reactions to CAP reform 2014-2020. It also considers the possible trajectory of future CAP reform and briefly describes past reforms to put the new agreement in context.