THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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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Policy Papers

Brexit, Rights, and the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement

21 December 2018

A paper analysing how well the Withdrawal Agreement has addressed the protection of human rights and equality rights in Northern Ireland once the UK has withdrawn from the EU.

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Response to draft National Open Research Forum Statement

10 December 2018

Royal Irish Academy submission to the draft National Open Research Forum Statement.

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Royal Irish Academy Response to the Creative Ireland Programme

05 December 2018

Dr Mary Canning MRIA, Chair of the RIA Culture and Heritage Working Group

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Discussion Paper 1. Creativity in the Sciences

05 December 2018

Professor Luke Drury MRIA, Member of the RIA Culture and Heritage Working Group

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Discussion Paper 2. ‘The earth has music for those who listen’: Creativity in Music in Ireland

05 December 2018

Professor Lorraine Byrne Bodley MRIA, Member of the RIA Culture and Heritage Working Group

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Discussion Paper 3. An Ghaeltacht, an Ghaeilge, an Béaloideas agus Cruthaitheacht na nDaoine

05 December 2018

An t-Ollamh Angela Bourke MRIA le an t-Ollamh Diane Negra MRIA.

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Discussion Paper 3. The Gaeltacht, the Irish Language, Folklore and Vernacular Creativity

05 December 2018

Professor Angela Bourke MRIA with Professor Diane Negra MRIA, Members of the RIA Culture and Heritage Working Group

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Future-Proofing and Improving Research Infrastructures in Ireland

30 November 2018

Recommendations report which outlines evidence based policy recommendations to address inadequacies in the Irish research infrastructure system.

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Current system of support for Early Career Researchers

19 November 2018

A scoping project to provide a snapshot of the perceptions and experiences of early career researchers in higher education institutions on the island of Ireland.

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The Island of Ireland Economy and Brexit Report

16 November 2018

Fifth Paper in the Royal Irish Academy and British Academy Brexit Briefing Series, authored by Michael Darcy and France Ruane.

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RIA Submission Mid Term Review 2020

18 October 2018

Royal Irish Academy response to the review of Innovation 2020 addressing strategic priority areas and highlighting current concerns.

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Research Infrastructures in Ireland: Examining Adequacy and Requirements- Survey Results

01 October 2018

Detailed results of a Royal Irish Academy Survey analysing the adequacy of research infrastructures in Ireland and the ways in which they can be improved.

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Research Infrastructures in Ireland: strengthening foundations, building for the future

01 October 2018

The Royal Irish Academy Pre-Budget Submission 2019 focuses on key areas of priority for government funding in 2019 in order to address pressing issues in the higher education and research sector.

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Future Partnership Project: An ambitious and close future partnership between the UK and Europe

30 May 2018

As the UK and the EU prepare to define their future relationship, specific issues will need to be addressed to enable excellent research and innovation to flourish.

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EASAC Commentary: Forest Bioenergy and Carbon Neutrality

15 June 2018

Commentary by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) on Forest Bioenergy and Carbon Neutrality

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Findings and recommendations from the Smart Villages Initiative 2014–2017

28 June 2018

European National Science Academies and Smart Villages Initiative present Recommendations for the European Development Community,

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Loss of Trust? Loss of Trustworthiness? Truth and Expertise Today

29 May 2018

European Academies publish Discussion Paper on Loss of Trust in Science and Expertise.

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Response to the Public Consultation on the update of the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

16 March 2018

Response to the consultation by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in respect of the proposed update of the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971.

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International Delegates Report 2017

14 March 2018

Reports from our international delegates on their activities

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‘Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe’ – relevance to Ireland

14 March 2018

A briefing paper on the EASAC Report - ‘Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe’

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EASAC (2017) ‘Negative emission technologies: What role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?’ - Relevance to Ireland

27 February 2018

This report is significant to Ireland’s stated ambitions to become a competitive, low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050.

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Briefing on Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20

26 January 2018

Submission prepared by the Royal Irish Academy North South Standing Committee in response to a briefing document concerning the budgetary outlook for Northern Ireland.

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Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context

19 October 2017

This paper highlights some key aspects of the history of the Irish border over the past century to inform current discussions in relation to the United Kingdom’s (UK) planned departure from the European Union (EU) in...

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Brexit and the Irish Border: Legal and Political Questions

19 October 2017

Brexit presents a number of challenges in relation to the Irish Border. There are legal and political dimensions to these and, in particular, a series of constitutional questions concerning Northern Ireland.

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The Common Travel Area: More Than Just Travel

19 October 2017

The Common Travel Area (the CTA) is one of the key issues in the current Brexit talks. In principle, it now allows free movement for British and Irish citizens (only) between the two states.

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