Looking back to help our future

Dr Ciara Breathnach, Department of History has been awarded €329,181 from the Irish Research Council as Principal Investigator of a project titled Irish Record Linkage, 1864-1913. 

The project will provide an innovative demonstrator for the re-use of Public Sector Information, applying linked data technologies to birth, death and marriage records, more commonly known as vital registration (VR/PSI) data (1864-1913) to reconstitute families and create longitudinal health histories.

Ground-breaking UL research focuses on tackling anti-social behaviour in Dublin South Central

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A new research report and connected strategy carried out by a University of Limerick academic identifies the nature and reach of key criminal networks within Dublin South Central and documents the intimidation, stress and fear that pockets of communities living in the areas most connected to the networks are experiencing.

The research, called Building Community Resilience, was carried out by Dr Johnny Connolly of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies, School of Law, University of Limerick. It was launched this Wednesday in Dublin.

Report by University of Limerick researchers shows State ‘failing to meet obligations’ on hate crime

Dr Jennifer Schweppe of the Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) at University of Limerick

A report by researchers based at University of Limerick presented to a United Nations Committee has said that the Irish State is failing to meet its obligations in relation to hate crime.

The Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) at University of Limerick (UL) was asked by the Coalition Against Hate Crime to write an alternative report for the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on the issue of hate crime and related matters.

UL research shows Irish public underestimate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Brendan Courtney, Jack Murphy, Ellen Murray and Maria Walsh at the launch of the public awareness campaign Call It Out

NEW research from the University of Limerick underpinning a public awareness campaign suggests that the Irish public underestimate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

The recent research survey, conducted by UL’s Hate and Hostility Research Group, shows that while people in Ireland feel positive towards sexual orientation and gender diversity, they underestimate levels of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

The research is a major component of the groundbreaking LGBT+ public education and awareness campaign Call It Out, launched in Dublin this Monday.

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

More women in politics linked to significant health improvements

A new study has found that greater numbers of women elected to political office is associated with an increase in the life expectancies of women and children.

The research led by Ross Macmillan, Chair in Sociology, University of Limerick and published in the journal Demography found that countries where women comprise at least 30% of the legislature see a significant reduction in their mortality rates.

The authors, from UL, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Bocconi University, suggest that women’s parliamentary presence could improve efforts to advance social and political development.

Did Brexit and the US election make you more radical?

Political disillusionment leads to more extreme political views, according to studies carried out by researchers at UL. The new research, published this week in scientific journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that the experience of disillusionment is likely to occur when people’s political goals are not realised or their strong convictions are proved inaccurate or false.