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Published on 29 Mar 2019

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Spotlight: Mind the Care Gap: Exposing the health system’s vulnerability to the gap between family care provision and anticipated demand
An analysis of how demand for care at home is likely to increase dramatically while the future supply of family carers may be limited by demographic factors.

Spotlight: Mind the Care Gap: Exposing the health system’s vulnerability to the gap between family care provision and anticipated demand (PDF)

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Published on 27 Feb 2019

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Spotlight: Overseas voting in presidential elections: representative democracy, electoral integrity and the situation in EU States
This Spotlight analyses proposals to extend voting rights in Presidential elections to Irish citizens residing abroad. [Keywords: parliament, government]

Spotlight: Overseas voting in presidential elections: representative democracy, electoral integrity and the situation in EU States (PDF)

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Published on 20 Dec 2018

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Spotlight: Ireland’s energy transition – challenges and opportunities
This Spotlight examines potential challenges and opportunities for Ireland’s future energy policies, recent trends in energy supply and demand, and relevant policy developments over the last decade. [Keywords: environment, energy]

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Published on 18 Dec 2018

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Spotlight: A comparison of the planning systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland
This joint paper describes and compares aspects of the current land use planning systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It explores some considerations around the impacts of Brexit and the two planning systems [Keywords: housing, planning]

Spotlight: A comparison of the planning systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland (PDF)

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Published on 1 Oct 2018

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Spotlight: Traveller accommodation – The challenges of policy implementation
This Spotlight offers an overview and analysis of over twenty years of policy on Traveller accommodation. [Keywords: housing, planning, people, communities]

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Published on 24 Sep 2018

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Spotlight: School-based relationships and sexuality education (RSE) - lessons for policy and practice
This Spotlight considers the national and international policy architecture for school-based sex education [Keywords: education, health]

Spotlight: School-based relationships and sexuality education (RSE) - lessons for policy and practice (PDF)

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Published on 28 Mar 2012

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Spotlight: Geothermal Energy: Technology and Potential
This Spotlight provides an overview of geothermal emergy, the technologies used to utilise this energy and their applications in Ireland. [Keywords: environment, energy, business, industry]

Spotlight: Geothermal Energy: Technology and Potential (PDF)

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Published on 18 Apr 2012

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Spotlight: Early Childhood Education and Care
This Spotlight examines the new programme of early childhood care and education in the Irish and international context. [Keywords: people, communities, education]

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Published on 3 Oct 2012

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Spotlight: Community Policing in Ireland
This Spotlight clarifies the existing position on community policing in Ireland. It examines relevant legislative and policy developments and the initiatives and schemes which have been put in place. [Keywords: justice, crime, people, communities]

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Published on 17 Sep 2012

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Spotlight: Prostitution Regulation in Ireland: Which Way Now?
This Spotlight is intended to give an overview of the approaches to regulating prostitution taken in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand. [Keywords: justice, crime, people, communities]

Spotlight: Prostitution Regulation in Ireland: Which Way Now? (PDF)

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Published on 12 Jan 2018

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Spotlight: Home Care for Older People - Seven Policy Challenges
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. [Keywords: health, people, communities, social protection]

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Published on 21 Dec 2017

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Spotlight: Post-enactment Scrutiny in Parliament
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 (PeS), parliament’s role in post-enactment scrutiny, the conditions under which it is most likely to be effective, and how best to approach PeS both with respect to the process and the actual focus of a post-enactment review. [Keywords: parliament, government]

Spotlight: Post-enactment Scrutiny in Parliament (PDF)

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Published on 28 Sep 2016

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Spotlight: International human rights law - operation and impact
Overview of the operation of international human rights law; how international human rights law impacts on Irish law; background information on international human rights bodies, key instruments and mechanisms to monitor and promote compliance with these instruments. [Keywords: justice, crime, EU, international]

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Published on 28 Jan 2016

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Spotlight: Parliamentary scrutiny of government performance
The rationale for oversight/scrutiny, its theoretical underpinnings, tools and some of the barriers to effective parliamentary scrutiny; a model of how performance scrutiny can operate and the associated information for effective performance scrutiny; and parliamentary performance scrutiny in the Irish budgetary context focusing on the Irish Estimates process and the performance information contained within it. [Keywords: parliament, government]

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Published on 28 Sep 2015

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Spotlight: Choosing segregation? The implications of school choice
School choice and how education policy can be used to make schools more inclusive; the effects of school choice on segregation; and the policy of divestment in this context. [Keywords: education, people, communities]

Spotlight: Choosing segregation? The implications of school choice (PDF)

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Published on 18 Dec 2014

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Spotlight: Pre-legislative scrutiny by Parliament
The purpose of pre-legislative scrutiny and its practice in other parliaments; the approach taken to pre-legislative scrutiny in the Houses of the Oireachtas and other parliaments. [Keywords: parliament, government]

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Published on 3 Oct 2014

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Spotlight: Mortgage Arrears - Level and Resolution
Spotlight on the extent of mortgage arrears in Ireland as well as the various processes in place to help resolve the crisis. [Keywords: people, communities, economy, finance]

Spotlight: Mortgage Arrears - Level and Resolution (PDF)

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Published on 1 Aug 2014

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Spotlight: Sanctions for misconduct in judicial office
An overview of the process by which misconduct in judicial office is dealt with in Ireland and in a number of other jurisdictions. [Keywords: justice, crime]

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Published on 25 Jul 2014

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Spotlight: Government reform of planning legislation
A summary of the Mahon tribunal’s recommendations and other issues. [Keywords: housing, planning, parliament, government]

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Published on 18 Jul 2014

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Spotlight: Higher education in Ireland - for economy and society?
Overview of higher education in Ireland in the context of ongoing and proposed reforms of the sector. [Keywords: education, economy, finance, people, communities]

Spotlight: Higher education in Ireland - for economy and society? (PDF)

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Published on 30 Apr 2014

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Spotlight: Wind Energy - how does it fit into Ireland’s hope for a green future?
Wind and its contribution to electricity from renewable energy sources in Ireland; the policy background, Ireland’s renewable energy targets; community acceptance and the alternatives available to us. [Keywords: environment, energy]

Spotlight: Wind Energy - how does it fit into Ireland’s hope for a green future? (PDF)

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Published on 1 Apr 2014

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Spotlight: Tendering for public service provision
This Spotlight compares and contrasts competitive tendering with other ways in which the State may provide services, outlines the EU rules surrounding public procurement and examines the considerations relevant to running a competitive tendering process. [Keywords: economy, finance, social protection]

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Published on 27 Mar 2014

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Spotlight: GPs and the Irish primary care system - towards Universal Primary Care?
Overview of the role of GPs in the Irish primary care system, in the context of proposals for Universal Primary Care (UPC). [Keywords: health]

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Published on 5 Dec 2013

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Spotlight: Responding to Youth Unemployment in Europe
The extent of youth unemployment across Europe and its effects; the evidence regarding policy responses across Europe; the key messages from the research regarding the path forward. [Keywords: economy, finance, people, communities, EU, international]

Spotlight: Responding to Youth Unemployment in Europe (PDF)

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Published on 9 May 2013

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Spotlight: Surrogacy, parentage, and citizenship - Ireland in the wider world
Spotlight on surrogacy; legal parentage and citizenship for children born through international surrogacy agreements. [Keywords: health, people, communities, EU, international]

Spotlight: Surrogacy, parentage, and citizenship - Ireland in the wider world (PDF)

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Published on 8 Feb 2013

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Spotlight: Localism in Irish politics and local government reform
How weaknesses in local government contribute to localism in Irish politics and how the Government’s programme of local government reform might affect the constituency workloads of parliamentarians. [Keywords: parliament, government]

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Published on 9 Jan 2013

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Spotlight: “Cash for gold” - second-hand trade in precious metals, jewellery and scrap metal
Spotlight on anecdotal reporting of increased criminal trade in the sale of stolen precious metals, jewellery and scrap metal, figures available on such activities, official responses and international approaches. [Keywords: economy, finance]

Spotlight: “Cash for gold” - second-hand trade in precious metals, jewellery and scrap metal (PDF)

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Published on 30 Nov 2012

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Spotlight: Local Government Reform
This Spotlight considers how the Action Programme for Effective Local Government Reform (Putting People First) will address weaknesses in local government. [Keywords: parliament, government]

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Published on 31 May 2012

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Spotlight: The Mental Health Act 2001 - Delivering on Best Practice?
This Spotlight looks at the procedures involved in the involuntary admission and detention of persons under the Act and the protections afforded to them during these processes. [Keywords: health, parliament, government]

Spotlight: The Mental Health Act 2001 - Delivering on Best Practice? (PDF)

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Published on 27 Feb 2012

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Spotlight: Well-being - Promoting Mental Health in Schools
This Spotlight is intended to give Members an overview of approaches and examples of early interventions both here and internationally and outline what is considered best practice in the design of youth mental health programmes. [Keywords: health, education, people, communities]

Spotlight: Well-being - Promoting Mental Health in Schools (PDF)

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Published on 16 Dec 2011

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Spotlight: Disclosure of Information - Duty to Inform and Whistleblowing
This Spotlight examines the difference between voluntary and mandatory disclosure, current and proposed measures, problems arising from disclosure and possible protections [Keywords: justice, crime]

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Published on 8 Nov 2011

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Spotlight: Obesity – A Growing Problem?
This Spotlight reviews the evidence on effectiveness of obesity interventions and draws out lessons from international experience [Keywords: health]

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Published on 13 Oct 2011

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Spotlight: Tackling Social Welfare Fraud
This Spotlight identifies the extent of social welfare fraud and examines approaches aimed at combatting fraud [Keywords: social protection]

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Published on 4 Jul 2011

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Spotlight: Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining and the Economic Crisis - Where Now?
This Spotlight examines the pressures facing trade unions and the implications for policymakers and legislators in the decentralised collective bargaining context of 2011 [Keywords: economy, finance, parliament, government, people, communities]

Spotlight: Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining and the Economic Crisis - Where Now? (PDF)

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Published on 27 Jun 2011

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Spotlight: Social Regeneration - Beyond Bricks and Mortar
This Spotlight looks at the use of Area-based initiatives (ABIs) for social regeneration and considers arguments for and against the use of ABIs [Keywords: housing, planning, people, communities]

Spotlight: Social Regeneration - Beyond Bricks and Mortar (PDF)

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Published on 18 May 2011

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Spotlight: PR STV and Localism in Irish Politics
This Spotlight considers the arguments for and against changing the Irish PR STV electoral system [Keywords: parliament, government]

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Published on 4 May 2011

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Spotlight: Credit Union Regulation
This Spotlight provides an overview of credit unions in Ireland and focuses on their regulation [Keywords: economy, finance, people, communities]

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Published on 13 Dec 2010

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Spotlight: Benchmarking Ireland’s Health System
This Spotlight provides an analysis of expenditure and outcomes and benchmarks the performance of the Irish health system [Keyword: health]

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Published on 18 Nov 2010

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Spotlight: Gender Balance in EU Parliaments – Insights for Ireland
This Spotlight focuses on the experiences of European Union national parliaments in implementing special measures, especially gender quotas, which aim to improve the gender composition of those legislatures [Keywords: parliament, government]

Spotlight: Gender Balance in EU Parliaments – Insights for Ireland (PDF)

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Published on 23 Sep 2010

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Spotlight: Accounting Standards
This Spotlight addresses proposed reforms of accounting standards In the wake of the global financial crisis [Keywords: economy, finance]

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Published on 25 May 2010

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Spotlight: Debt Part 3 - The Imprisonment of Civil Debtors
This Spotlight explores the consequnces of the fact that debtors unable to meet their financial obligations still face the risk of imprisonment where they default on a court instalment order [Keywords: economy, finance, justice, crime, people, communities]

Spotlight: Debt Part 3 - The Imprisonment of Civil Debtors (PDF)

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Published on 27 Apr 2010

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Spotlight: Debt Part 2 - Personal Debt and Consequences
This Spotlight focuses on levels of personal debt in Ireland as distinguished from mortgage related debt. The Spotlight focuses on rates of over-indebtedness and the consequences, including bankruptcy and likely social impacts [Keywords: economy, finance, people, communities]

Spotlight: Debt Part 2 - Personal Debt and Consequences (PDF)

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Published on 24 Mar 2010

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Spotlight: Debt Part 1 - Mortgage Debt
This Spotlight looks at the numbers experiencing problems with mortgages and what can be done to help individuals struggling with mortgage repayments [Keywords: economy, finance, housing, planning, people, communities]

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Published on 24 Feb 2010

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Spotlight: Financing Local Government
This Spotlight looks at some of the issues surrounding the size and power of Irish local government; it also looks at the future financing of local government [Keywords: parliament, government]

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Published on 15 Dec 2009

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Spotlight: Alcohol Consumption and Tackling Misuse
This Spotlight looks at trends in alcohol consumption in Ireland and assesses the value of alcohol from an economic perspective [Keywords: economy, finance, people, communities, health]

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Published on 23 Nov 2009

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Spotlight: Broadband
This Spotlight looks at the economic rationale for widespread broadband provision and discusses the provision of broadband in Ireland [Keywords: economy, finance, people, communities]

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Published on 31 Aug 2009

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Spotlight: Science and Maths Education in Ireland - Provision, Participation and Achievement
This Spotlight examines science and maths education in Ireland, including provision, participation and achievement at second and third level [Keywords: education]

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Published on 30 Jun 2009

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Spotlight: HealthStat
This Spotlight addresses HealthStat, the performance information tool [Keywords: health]

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Published on 28 Feb 2009

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Spotlight: Political Opinion Polls
This Spotlight addressed the accuracy of Irish opinion polls [Keywords: parliament, government]

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Published on 7 Oct 2008

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Spotlight: Sentencing Policy and Practice
This Spotlight looks at roles of Legislature, Executive and Judiciary in sentencing policy [Keywords: justice, crime]

Spotlight: Sentencing Policy and Practice (PDF)

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