Spotlight on Research

Census 2022

Census 2022: What does it mean for Dáil representation?

The population growth seen in the preliminary census figures points to more TDs and extensive boundary changes, writes Dr Adrian Kavanagh, Department of Geography

Friday, 24 June 2022


Have Leaving Cert maths questions got easier or harder?

An archive of Leaving Cert Maths papers tells a fascinating story of how the exam has changed since 1925, writes Prof David Malone and Dr Hazel Murray, Department of Maths and Hamilton Institute

Monday, 13 June 2022

Ireland German Reunification

What would a united Ireland look like? Some lessons from Germany

German reunification shows the many complex issues which must be dealt with when it comes to uniting two jurisdictions, writes Prof Tobias Lock, Department of Law

Tuesday, 07 June 2022

Impact of Ukraine war on Ireland

Why Russia's war on Ukraine should be a wake-up call for Ireland

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had a massive global effect, something which has major ramifications for Ireland's defence strategy, writes David Murphy, Department of History

Monday, 30 May 2022

What climate change means to Irish rivers

What does climate change mean for Irish rivers?

A new study sets out what climate change's impact on temperatures and rainfall patterns will mean for Irish rivers writes Dr Conor Murphy, Department of Geography & ICARUS Climate Research Centre

Monday, 23 May 2022

Sometimes I’m missing the words

‘Sometimes I’m missing the words’

A report on the experiences and rights of foreign nationals and ethnic minorities in the Irish penal system is the first of its kind in Ireland, write researchers in the School of Law and Criminology

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Ukraine War

After losing the first phase, what next for Russia in Ukraine?

Putin's forces appear to have processed the hard lessons from the opening weeks in Ukraine and have now reset their war plans, writes Dr David Murphy, Department of History

Tuesday, 03 May 2022

Pesticides are bad for bees

Memo for gardeners: pesticides are bad news for bees

One third of Ireland's 100 bee species are at threat of extinction due to habitat loss and pesticide use, writes Merissa Cullen, PhD candidate in the Department of Biology

Monday, 25 April 2022

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Space wars: how outer space became a military zone

Many states have had their eyes on the skies in regard to military expansion into space for decades writes Ciara Finnegan, PhD scholar, Department of Law

Tuesday, 19 April 2022


Disruptive cell linked to insulin resistance and childhood pre-diabetes

A study by Dr Andy Hogan on childhood obesity shows for the first time, a new cell type contributing to insulin resistance in children as young as six

Thursday, 07 April 2022