The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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Humanities and Social Sciences Committee Reports

Profile of the Social Sciences in Ireland

11 May 2017

Report form the RIA Committee for Socieal Sciences on the work being carried out in Higher Education  Institutions in the Republic of Ireland.


Ethics and Commemoration

24 November 2016

This report reflects on how the ethical components of collective commemoration can provide a framework for handling contested and divisive narratives of the past in a manner that is inclusive and tolerant.

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The Need for Social Sciences in Ireland

01 December 2016

A statement on why social sciences matter; an explanation of what the social sciences are; an overview of the social sciences in Ireland; the needs of an evolving social sciences sector.

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Northern Ireland at the edge: what's next after Brexit?

15 September 2016

A constitutional conversation on Brexit post-referendum

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Digital Citizenship

30 June 2016

Digital citizenship was the topic for the fifth conversation and it centred around online privacy issues.

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The idea of a republic: freedom and politcs

08 June 2016

This report summarises the fourth 2016 Constitutional Conversation, which focused on Bunreacht na hÉireann’s pre-amble.   

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Constitutions and these islands: beyond Brexit Part One

06 May 2016

The first of a two-part dialogue on the implications of ‘Brexit’ for relations between the various jurisdictions of these islands.

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Reviewing constitutions: the role of constitutional conventions

28 April 2016

This report summarises the second session of Constitutional Conversations focusing on the process of reviewing constitutions and the role of constitutional conventions.

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Constitutions, referendums and the family

02 March 2016

The aim of this conversation was to prompt thought and discussion in relation to recent constitutional changes, namely the 31st Amendment concerning children andthe 34th Amendment on marriage. 

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Response to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment’s ‘Draft Specification for Junior Cycle Modern Foreign Languages’

31 May 2016

A response to the NCCA with a focus on the rationale, aims, teaching and learning, evaluation of outcomes and other areas of concern.

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Response to the Consultation by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on the Draft Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course

31 May 2016

Authored by committee members of the Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee in response to the NCCA's call.

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