‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌L&RS Notes Series - 2017

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Irish health expenditure: the comparative context
Published on October 26th October 2017
This Note was first published in September 2013, and has now been updated with the most recent OECD data, which is for 2015. There are a variety of ways of measuring health spend, and the Note describes a number of the most widely used indicators. ‌

Brexit – Future relationship between the UK and the EU
Published 25th October 2017
This L&RS Note examines the potential future relationship that may exist between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) following the decision by the UK to withdraw from the European Union.

Income-contingent loan schemes for higher education
Published 23rd October 2017
This L&RS Note examines the potential future relationship that may exist between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) following the decision by the UK to withdraw from the European Union.

The opportunities of Brexit for Irish higher education
Published 5th October 2017
This L&RS Note examines the potential opportunities that have arisen for Ireland’s higher education sector following the decision by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.

STEM in schools: the introduction of Coding and Computer science/ICT.
Published on 25th August 2017
The Programme for a Partnership Government  (2016) commits to introducing a coding course for the Junior Cycle and introducing ICT/Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject. This Note considers the type of supports teachers and students may need in order for these subjects to succeed and reviews similar initiatives in other jurisdictions.

Pay-by-weight waste charges: worth the weight?    
Published on 06th June 2017
This L&RS Note provides a background to Irish and European Union (EU) waste management law and policy. As waste is a large, technical and complex area, this research paper focuses on waste law and policy relevant to municipal waste, which includes household waste.

Assisted Decision Making
Published on May 16th 2017
This Note looks at the reforming legislation that is the Assisted Decision- Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The overall objective of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 is to put in place a modern legislative framework to support those with capacity difficulties and which complies with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

EU Law and local residency
Published on 09th May 2017
This Note discusses the 2013 judgment of the EU Court of Justice in Libert and Others v. Flemish Government and Others, referred to as ‘the Flemish Decree case’. That case concerned regional housing ordinances that discriminated in favour of local residents and people with established ties to a community.

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.