• The Utility of Public Transport in Ireland: Post COVID-19 Lockdown and Beyond

    Mike Hynes[a] and Patrick Malone[b] Abstract: Moves towards decarbonising the Irish economy must focus strongly on reducing car dependence, particularly in our cities and towns. Car dependence is also costly in terms of social and economic externalities. Public transport is a system that allows groups of individuals travel together on designed routes, often for a…

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  • Social distancing and social contact before COVID-19

    Mathew Creighton[a], Daniel Capristrano[b], Agnieszka Sorokowska[c] and Piotr Sorokowska[d][e] Abstract: Subsequent to the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 and emergence of COVID-19, policy to limit the further spread has focused on increasing distance between individuals when interacting, termed social distancing, and limiting the frequency of interaction by preventing non-essential and large-scale social gatherings. This work offers cross-cultural…

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  • Behavioural Science and Covid: Resources for Policy Researchers

    Liam Delaney and Emma Watson  The emergence of the covid pandemic in Ireland in late February led to an unprecedented need to change human behaviour across the whole population in a very short period of time. Recommendations from the ECDC and WHO stress the need for physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and…

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  • Can We Afford the Costs of the Covid-19 Crisis?

    Donal de Buitléir It is now clear that the costs of the Covid 19 crisis will be very high perhaps up to €30 billion or almost 10% of GDP. How can we pay for this? In its latest Quarterly Bulletin the Central Bank projected that the general government balance will move from an estimated surplus…

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  • Daily emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Leonhard K. Lades[a][b], Kate Laffan[c], Michael Daly[d] and Liam Delaney[e][f] Abstract The COVID-19 outbreak has become one of the largest public health crises of our time. Governments have responded by implementing self-isolation and physical distancing measures that have profoundly impacted daily life throughout the world. In this study, we surveyed how an Irish sample experience…

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  • Fostering Innovation in Irish Innovation Policy

    Michael Fitzgibbon[a], Donncha Kavanagh[b], Camilla Noonan[c] and Dermot O’Doherty[d][e] Executive Summary Over the past decade or so there have been many radical changes in the Irish national system of innovation and how it is administered.  To some extent these administrative changes were a consequence of the financial crisis and the subsequent need to control public…

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