Authors: Helen Russell, Raffaele Grotti, Frances McGinnity, Ivan Privalko
Published: July, 2019

This research examines Irish data collected over more than a decade to investigate involvement in unpaid work in the areas of childcare, care of older adults or those with a disability, and housework. It was funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

The study finds that adults in Ireland spend an average of 16 hours per week on caring and 14.5 hours on housework. The time spent on caring and housework combined is the third highest in the EU. On average, women in Ireland spend double the time of men on caring and more than twice as much time on housework.

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