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.

Research Matters

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.

Oireachtas Library & Research Research Publication

 The topics chosen feature key challenges for Irish society in 2016 across a wide range of areas including:

  • Housing and homelessness;
  • Brexit and why it matters for Ireland;
  • Corporation tax;
  • Agriculture in Ireland;
  • Emergency department overcrowding - and many other topics


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

Explaining the outcome of rejected referendums
Published 23 February 2018
This L&RS Note draws on published research and survey data to identify the key factors which explain the majority ‘no vote’ in proposals for constitutional change which have been rejected by the electorate since 1986

Link to:L&RS Notes 2018

            L&RS Notes 2017

            L&RS Notes 2016

            L&RS Notes 2015

Spotlight Series

Each Spotlight provides an in-depth briefing on a single topic. 

Latest Spotlight

Home Care for Older People – Seven Policy Challenges
No. 1 of 2018 (Published in January 2018)

The home is commonly considered the most desirable place for older people in need of care to receive it.  Due to population ageing and other demographic factors, the share of paid home care is growing. Currently, this developing sector is largely unregulated and lacks a national policy framework.  However, the Department of Health is undertaking a consultation to inform plans for “a new statutory scheme for home care services”.  This Spotlight provides an overview of the operation of the home care sector in Ireland and identifies a number of current policy and legislative challenges.

Post-enactment scrutiny (PeS) by Parliament
No.1 of 2017 (Published in December 2017)
This Spotlight uses expert literature on legislative scrutiny, and the experience of other parliaments, to outline the purpose and potential benefits of post-enactment scrutiny, parliament’s role in post-enactment scrutiny, the conditions under which it is most likely to be effective, and how best to approach post-enactment scrutiny both with respect to the process and the actual focus of a post-enactment review.

Link to: Spotlight 2013 - 2017


Economic Indicators

The Economic Indicators are infographics which present some key indicators on the Irish economy, and are published each month by the L&RS.

Latest Economic Indicator

Infographic Series

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.  

Role of the Oireachtas in the Budget Process

Seanad Eireann electoral process

The Oireachtas Legislative Process (5 Stages)

The Legislative Review Loop of Government Legislation

Latest Infographic:

Current Health Insurance Risk Equalisation System

Link to: L&RS InfoGraphics

2016 General Election

Election Results

Election Results infographic

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.


Other publications

Guide to researching Members of the Oireachtas

The L&RS has updated and published its Guide to researching Members of the Oireachtas. 
This is a useful starting point for anyone wishing to source biographical information on a Member of the Oireachtas.

Election Results

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.

N/SI-PA Agri-food and Brexit Research Paper

Link to: N/SI-PA briefing papers

CAP Reform 2014-20

CAP Reform 2014-20 (updated)

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.

No liability is accepted to any person arising out of any reliance on the contents of these papers.  Nothing herein constitutes professional advice of any kind.  These documents contain general summaries of developments and do not claim to be complete or definitive.  Papers are prepared for distribution to Members to aid them in their Parliamentary duties.  Authors are available to discuss the contents of these papers with Members and their staff.
While we welcome feedback and comment on our research papers, the Oireachtas Library & Research Service is unable to respond to members of the general public.  None of the sources referred to can be supplied to the public by the Oireachtas Library & Research Service.