The Republic of Ireland currently faces economic and social challenges that necessitate major reform of services and public institutions. Cost-effective solutions and evidence-based social policy are at a premium as health and education budgets are reconfigured. Civil society organisations are grappling with reduced government funding and a challenging private fundraising environment.
Since the late 1980s, Atlantic, in collaboration with government, civil society and other partners, has worked to improve higher education; fund research to create new knowledge; strengthen the voluntary sector; enrich the lives of older people; improve services and public policy for children and young people; improve palliative care; and promote and protect human rights.
Currently, Atlantic and our grantees are working to improve services, security and opportunities for people across the life course, particularly the youngest and oldest, so that the most vulnerable can access the best education and health care. We are also supporting a robust civil society to address institutional and legal barriers that perpetuate social inequity.