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.

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.

UL research establishes child involvement in organised crime

Professor Shane Kilcommins, David Stanton, TD, Dr Catherine Naughton and Professor Sean Redmond

A University of Limerick study has established evidence that the deliberate involvement of children in criminal networks can be found throughout Ireland and extends beyond the ‘Greentown’ single area study.

The National Prevalence Study, launched by Minister of State David Stanton, TD has established that findings from the ‘Lifting a Lid on Greentown’ research based on an original single case study design, can be applied to the general Irish context. The study was undertaken by Dr Catherine Naughton and Dr Sean Redmond, from the UL School of Law.

Book launched on the value of singing for “new Irish”

A book based on two decades of research by a Irish World Academy of Music and Dance professor into singing and its role in developing experiences of belonging, was recently launched at the Royal Irish Academy.

'Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish' by Professor Helen Phelan, programme director of the PhD Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD), was published by Oxford University Press in October.

The book details Professor Phelan’s twenty-year research into the act of singing and its ability to foster experiences of belonging through ritual performance.