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 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.
The latest in the Environmental Indicators series details the percentage of electric vehicles licensed for the first time and the total number of passenger journeys by public transport. It also details overall greenhouse gas emission figures for Ireland since 1990 by sector.
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, 5 Aug 2021
L&RS Note: The National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy in a European Context
This Note seeks to compare Ireland’s first National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence (AI), launched on 8 July 2021, with the existing EU’s Coordinated Plan on AI. It also provides an illustrative rating based on the proposed actions. [Keywords: International and EU affairs, Parliament and Government, Technology and research]
Thu, 5 Aug 2021
L&RS Note: Youth unemployment rates
This L&RS Note briefly explores the standard youth unemployment rate(s) in Ireland and comparable measures in what is an inherently complex area [Keywords: Economy and finance, People and communities, Social protection]
Tue, 20 Jul 2021
Bill Digest: Consumer Protection (Regulation of Retail Credit and Credit Servicing Firms) Bill 2021
The purpose of this Bill is, among other things, to extend authorisation requirements in the area of hire-purchase and consumer-hire agreements [Keywords: Business and industry, Economy and finance, 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).