Growing Up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland is the national longitudinal study of children and young people, a joint project of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Since 2006, the study has provided Government with an evidence base to make informed policy decisions on a wide range of issues based on data from children and young people living in Ireland.

For over 15 years, the study has followed the progress of two groups of children: 8,000 9-year-olds (Cohort ’98) and 10,000 9-month-olds (Cohort ’08). The members of Cohort ’98 are now 25-26 years old and those of Cohort ’08 are around 16 years old. In 2023, the study launched a new third cohort of babies who will be 9 months old in 2024.

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Latest GUI News:

  • The Cohort ’98 Wave 4 (at 20 years) Time Use diary data RMF is now available through ROSA. Details on how to access the data here.
  • The latest research report from Growing Up in Ireland, ‘Report on the Research Needs for Growing Up in Ireland Cohort ’08 at age 17’, is now available to read here
  • The Cohort ’08 Wave 6 (age 13) AMF and RMF datasets are now available for researchers. Details on how to access the data here.

Where are we now:

  • A Research Needs Report for Cohort ’08 at 17 was published in January 2024. Piloting for this wave is expected to take place later this year.
  • Data collection with Cohort ’98 at age 25 is in progress. Participants can find further information here.
  • Data collection for Cohort ’08 at 13 was completed in June 2022. The RMF dataset is now open to applications via the CSO.
  • The pilot for Cohort ’24 at 9 months was completed by the CSO in December 2023.
  • Main fieldwork is expected to start later this year.
  • Please contact the GUI team by email only via