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The world has changed a lot since the last Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) survey. We want to find out how young adults have been affected by these changes.

The vital data provided last time helped us understand the lives of 20 year-olds in Ireland. What they found important and what not. The things they wanted changed. Now we are following up on the same cohort five years later, at age 25.

If you have received a letter to participate, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take part.

Why is it important?

Growing Up in Ireland is a unique longitudinal study of children and young people in Ireland. The group participating in the 2023 survey have been taking part since they were nine years old.

With so much happening in the world, it’s now more important than ever that the voices of young adults be heard. This survey is an opportunity to hear such voices.

GUI has given researchers and policymakers unique insights in the lives of children and young people at particular moments in time – their achievements, their challenges and how they have experienced life’s milestones.

The most recent full survey was carried out on this cohort was when they were 20 years old with a special survey carried out in 2020 to trace their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2023 GUI survey gives us an opportunity to follow up on the lives and issues faced by people aged 25 in Ireland today. This will help local, national and European policy makers formulate decisions about services for young people and their families.

Above: An example of our findings from this cohort at age 20, in 2018.

Confidential, anonymous and secure

Under the Statistics Act, 1993 all information given to the Central Statistics Office under the Growing Up in Ireland survey is guaranteed confidential and secure and will never be used to identify any person or their household in any way.

To find out more:

Tel: 021 453 511

Further Information for the Growing up in Ireland Survey
Learn more about taking part in CSO Surveys