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March 16, 2015
Celebrating the Contribution of Humanities and Social Sciences Research to Irish Society


Monday, 16th March 2015

 Celebrating the Contribution of Humanities and Social Sciences Research to Irish Society

 Irish Research Council launch publication to mark global celebration of Irish culture

 To mark St. Patricks Day 2015, the Irish Research Council has today (16.03.15) launched ‘Creating Ireland’, a publication highlighting the contribution of humanities and social sciences to Irish society.

The publication conveys the importance of this faculty, and outlines where the impact of research in these areas can be found, including: schools and universities; politics and enterprise; sporting, charitable and voluntary-based bodies.

According to Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council, “Humanities and Social Sciences research enriches the culture of Ireland and enables us to reflect on the country’s history and heritage, environment and economy, and its religious and social mores. It informs policy development and public debate by addressing questions of immediate and long-lasting relevance to Irish society. Further, it provides creative and highly skilled researchers to the direct benefit of the Irish economy.”

These and other points are contained in Creating Ireland’, authored by Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse. In the publication, a series of case studies supplies an overview of the spectrum of the Irish Research Council’s funding activity over the past five years.

Featured research projects illustrate the diverse range of funded research projects and disciplines, while also outlining some of the important strategic partnerships formed by the Council with industry, social organisations, and other partner agencies.

Welcoming the publication, Minister English stated “This is a timely and important publication. Case studies in ‘Creating Ireland’ illustrate the breadth of transferable skills and knowledge that researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences possess, and the impact that these researchers make beyond academia. This book also demonstrates the means by which partnerships with industry, social organisations and agencies enhance the potential of the research community and yield considerable benefits for Irish society and the economy.”

Additionally, as observed by Martin Curley, Vice-President and Director at Intel: “The humanities and social sciences are vital to our future. It is clear that a new form of capitalism needs to emerge. Wealth creation is not enough – we need to move beyond that and redefine our values. We need to continue to create wealth, of course, but welfare and well-being need to be much more central in our thinking. A lot of leadership will be needed to make that happen and much of that leadership must come from the humanities and social sciences.”

 ‘Creating Ireland’ is available for download on the Irish Research Council website here: http://www.research.ie/aboutus/publications. Hard copies may be requested from the Irish Research Council subject to availability.

For further information, visit www.research.ie or email info@research.ie.


 Contact: Martina Quinn, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-6522033.


Dr Eavan O’Brien, Irish Research Council: communications@research.ie

 Notes for Editors:

  • Interviews with Eucharia Meehan, Director, Irish Research Council can be arranged on request.
  • Caption for photo accompanying press release (pictured left to right): Mark Duncan, Minister Damien English, Dr Eucharia Meehan, Erin Quinn, Paul Rouse.

About the Irish Research Council

To address the broad skills and research needs within society, the Irish Research Council supports excellent researchers in all disciplines. An agency of the Department of Education and Skills, the Council primarily funds early stage career researchers: namely, postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Diverse career opportunities are enabled through a suite of programmes which partner with employers. The other key area of activity for the Council is the funding of research projects with a societal focus; the Council has established partnerships across government and civic society. The Council represents Ireland in particular dimensions of Horizon 2020 and, by providing supports for H2020 applicants, enhances opportunities for the Irish research community.

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