Institutional Ireland

ispaThe Persistence of Institutional Ireland: A Question of Policy

Thursday, 21st February 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Wynn's Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The ISPA seminar on Thursday February 21st featured three excellent presentations: Eoin O'Sullivan from Trinity College, Dublin, and Liam Thornton and Muireann Ni Raghallaigh of UCD

Presentations (click on speaker's name to access slides):

Eoin O’Sullivan – Trinity College Dublin on:
The use of Institutions, Past and Present (Asylums and Hospitals - Hotels, Hostels and Hubs)

Liam Thornton – University College Dublin on:
The Governance of Direct Provision: Between Rights and Control

Muireann Ní Raghallaigh – University College Dublin on:
From hostels to foster families: Care Provision for Unaccompanied Minors


Further information: Muireann Ní Raghallaigh Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin (see here). Eoin O'Sullivan Professor in Social Policy, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (see here). Liam Thornton Lecturer in Law, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin (see here).

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Social Policy and the British-Irish Council

Seminar in Belfast on Friday July 6th, 2018:

Social Policy and the British-Irish Council



The British-Irish Council, established as part of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, is a forum for consultation and co-operation between eight member administrations: the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Scotland and Wales (see Among its areas of work are a range of topics relevant to social policy, including demography, early years, housing, misuse of substances, social inclusion and transport. This seminar aims to raise awareness of this work and to provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to exchange views on the value and future potential of the British-Irish Council as a forum for the exchange of policy and practice, as well as the overall benefit of comparing and sharing social policies and practices between the eight jurisdictions.

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Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Conference



Friday, 27 July 2018

Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.


The conference provided a forum for postgraduate and early career researchers in social policy and related academic fields to present their current work and network with those in the field. It will featured presentations from postgraduate scholars and early career researchers on Irish and international social policy issues -- including (but not limited to): income, welfare, and poverty; health; education; housing; children and families; equality studies; employment; social protection; social services; social work; and community development -- and opportunities to connect with Irish policy professionals across a range of issue areas.

The full programme is available here.


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Climate Change and Behaviour: Future Directions for Irish Public Policy


Tackling Climate Change for a Sustainable Future

Thursday 12th April 2018, Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

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Prof John Fitzgerald – Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council

Dr Vivienne Byers - Senior Lecturer of Health Policy & Management, DIT. 

Dr. Alan Gilmer - Lecturer, Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute, DIT.

Ireland is one of the few EU countries that has failed to meet its commitment to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020. The Climate Change Advisory Council, under the Chairmanship of Prof John Fitzgerald, reported to the Citizens’ Assembly in November 2017 and advised that Ireland needs to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the 2030 targets. The Advisory Council made a number of recommendations in order to achieve these targets, which will be presented at this seminar. 

Behavioural change is key to achieving Ireland’s climate change targets. The role of public and social policy in initiating these changes however, remains unclear. The seminar will examine the rapidly growing body of research on sustainable consumption behaviour to inform a discussion on the approaches available to Government to implement the Advisory Council recommendations.

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