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.
This L&RS Note provides an overview of no-fault vaccine injury compensation programmes (VICPs) established to compensate individuals who experience a vaccine-related injury.
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.
The first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Ireland (Republic) was recorded on 2 March 2020. See our visual presentation and analysis of the fortnightly indicators since then.
Recent L&RS research publications
Thu, 6 May 2021
Spotlight: CETA Chapter 8 and the Investment Court System
This Spotlight focuses on the ongoing Irish ratification process of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. It considers the main provisions of Chapter 8 of CETA, including the proposed Investment Court System (ICS), relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Irish ratification procedure and the key elements of debate. [Keywords: Business and industry, Justice and crime, International and EU affairs]
Thu, 6 May 2021
Bill Digest: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021
This Bill provides for a Long-Term Climate Action Strategy and Ireland’s legal framework to transition to a climate-resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally-sustainable and climate-neutral economy by 2050. [Keywords: Environment and energy]
Tue, 20 Apr 2021
L&RS Note: Vaccine Injury Compensation Programmes: An Overview
This L&RS Note provides an overview of no-fault vaccine injury compensation programmes (VICPs) established to compensate individuals who experience a vaccine-related injury [Keywords: Health, People and Communities]
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).