InQuest is an independent research group committed to delivering premium-quality research to clients working in all areas of public life. For over a decade, the directors and researchers have provided a unique service to government departments, state agencies, media organisations, universities, corporate bodies and private individuals. Founded in 2005 by Mark Duncan and Dr. Paul Rouse, InQuest has built a reputation for excellence and quality across the spectrum of academia, media, publishing and public affairs.

InQuest has vast experience in the management of research projects, large and small, as well as in the writing of expert reports and books. Alongside confidential work for leading law firms and Government departments, InQuest has been involved with numerous high-profile and publicly acclaimed projects, among them an on-line exhibition for the National Archives on the 1901 and 1911 census returns which, in November 2014, passed the one billion hit mark; the management of the largest sports history project in the world (the GAA Oral History Project at Boston College-Ireland) – out of which were written and edited three major books, including The GAA: A People’s History; and the supervision and editorial management of research for RTÉ’s various Election, Referendum and Budget Specials, as well the broadcaster’s coverage of major state events. In addition, InQuest has produced reports and written books for, amongst others, the Higher Education Authority and the Irish Research Council, which have focussed on public policy and the research outputs of Irish third-level institutions across a broad range of disciplines.

In 2013, InQuest, working in conjunction with Boston College-Ireland, was commissioned by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to research, write, publish and manage a major state commemoration project on the Irish revolutionary decade, 1912-23. A central plank of that commemoration is the Century Ireland website, which is hosted by RTÉ and involves a partnership with the national cultural institutions and third level institutions. The project, which will run for a full decade, has already won numerous awards and is available to view here.

Launch of Century Ireland

Pictured at the launch of the Century Ireland project at Government buildings in May 2013 are (from left to right): Mark Duncan (InQuest), Prof. Mike Cronin (Boston College-Ireland), Jimmy Denihan TD (Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht) and Dr. Paul Rouse (InQuest)

InQuest has built strong and loyal partnerships with clients from our involvement in a wide variety of projects in Ireland, Britain and America over recent years.  Our clients’ interests cross the spectrum of media, publishing, education, public service and private industry. For further details, click here.