Press Release

Hanafin announces major boost for research

The Minister for Children, Mary Hanafin, T.D., today (22 May, 2001) announced that five National Children´s Strategy Research fellowships would be awarded to commence next October, amounting to over £200,000.

The National Children´s Strategy, which was launched in November, 2000 is a major Government initiative to improve children’s lives. The second national goal of the Strategy is “Children´s lives will be better understood; their lives will benefit from evaluation, research and information on their needs, rights and the effectiveness of services.” The aim of this goal is to achieve a better understanding of how children grow up in Ireland in order to ensure that their needs are met.

A number of measures will be undertaken to implement this goal, including the development of a Children´s Research Programme, which will fund research directly related to the Strategy. The first step in the development of the Children´s Research Programme is the award of these five research fellowships. The purpose of these research fellowships is to develop research capacity in relation to children and to support research directly related to the National Children´s Strategy.

Minister Hanafin said “This is a major initiative to support research in relation to children’s lives. The research carried out during these fellowships will enhance our understanding of children and will ensure that we are better informed when making policy decisions which affect children.”

Three doctoral fellowships and two post doctoral fellowships will be awarded to commence in the academic year 2001/2002. The research must be carried out in a recognised third-level institute in the State and must be directly related to the National Children´s Strategy. The doctoral fellowships are valued at£10,000 per annum and university fees will also be paid. These fellowships will be awarded initially for one year but are renewable for up to two additional years. The post-doctoral fellowships are valued at £25,000 per annum and may be awarded for one or two years.

“This research programme is extremely important for the implementation of the National Children´s Strategy. I look forward to receiving the research developed during these fellowships and ensuring that it is used to improve children’s lives” Minister Hanafin said.