Dr Fergal Lynch, Secretary General of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, visits UL

L-R Back Tony O’Donovan, Kerstin Mey, Fergal Lynch, Sean Redmond L-R Front Mary Shire, Michelle Shannon, Conor Rowley, Shane Kilcommins

The University of Limerick was pleased to welcome Dr Fergal Lynch, Secretary General of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs today to discuss the progress of the REPPP project located in the School of Law, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr Lynch was accompanied by Assistant Secretary Michelle Shannon and Principal Officers Tony O’Donovan and Conor Rowley.

Commenting on the Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) project, Dr Lynch said

‘This is a very interesting and worthwhile experiment for the tax-payer. The REPPP project takes research and policy partnerships to another level focussing as it does on applying high quality research activity to our policy issues on an ongoing basis. The REPPP project has focussed on youth crime policy and is making real gains in our knowledge about how to deal with real-life complex problems. However the model is one which could hold a broader appeal in applying better evidence to getting better outcomes for citizens..’