The L&RS produces a range of impartial research briefings for Members of the Oireachtas.
Our research teams regularly produce:
- Bill Digest briefing papers on proposed Government legislation in advance of second stage (since July 2018)
- Short, topical L&RS Notes covering a broad range of topics, facts, statistics and frequently asked questions
- Spotlight research briefings which examine a single topic or policy issue in more depth
- A monthly Economic Indicators infographic showing key indicators on the Irish economy
- A new quarterly Environmental Indicators series that tracks progress on environmental targets
- Animated data visualisation presentations
We also produce other research briefings through Oireachtas fellowships and other procurement mechanisms.
On this page you can browse our latest research publications or search by theme.
Elections during the pandemic
This Note considers international experience and principles of electoral integrity in looking at policy instruments to address the challenges of holding Irish elections during Covid-19.
Freeports and free zones
The UK is considering establishing a number of freeports post Brexit, including in Northern Ireland. This Note provides an overview of freeports or free zones and examines the rules and procedures around their establishment.
Six scientific researchers have been seconded to the L&RS under the SFI Public Service Fellowship programme. The fellowship gives TDs and Senators the opportunity to find out about emerging research in science and technology and the implications for policy making.
Covid-19 in Ireland
Recent L&RS research publications
Mon, 4 Jan 2021
Bill Digest: Central Mental Hospital (Relocation) Bill 2020
This Bill seeks to provide the legal basis for moving the Central Mental Hospital from Dundrum, Dublin to a new facility at Portrane, Co. Dublin [Keywords: Health]
Wed, 16 Dec 2020
L&RS Note: Holding elections during the Covid-19 Pandemic
This Note considers international experience and principles of electoral integrity in looking at policy instruments to address the challenges of holding Irish elections during Covid-19 [Keywords: Parliament and Government]
Mon, 7 Dec 2020
Bill Digest: Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020
This short Bill seeks to amend existing legislation, primarily to facilitate certain meetings of credit unions to be held virtually [Keywords: Economy and finance, International and EU affairs]
Access research under various themes, or search all L&RS publications.
Covid-19 - Scientific developments
If you missed our Science Week webinar, catch up here. Professor Kingston Mills and Professor Aideen Long share insights into the most recent scientific developments in Covid-19. The webinar was hosted by the L&RS with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) during Science Week 2020.
Watch the seminar on antibiotic resistance with Professor Fergus Shanahan, chairman of the Department of Medicine at University College Cork, and Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. The seminar was hosted in Leinster House by the L&RS with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).