Peter Smyth

In his current role as Research Director at Sport Ireland, Peter works commissioning and managing research into key sports policy issues, particularly participation in sport to understand the dynamics of participation, who’s taking part, who’s not, the demographics, the barriers to, and motivators of, participation, transitions into and out of participation over the life course, the contribution of sports participation to health, social and economic policy objectives, etc.

Peter has contributed to the workings of relevant inter-agency groups such as the group tasked to develop the National Physical Activity Guidelines and Plan for Ireland, GP Exercise Referral Steering Group.

In 2017, Peter was seconded to Department of Sport to help write the new 10 year National Sports Policy. Peter also worked in the Department of Tourism and Sport, managing Department’s legislation programme during the period – Tourism Traffic (Amendment) Act 1998 and Irish Sports Council Act 1999.