Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy call on Tipperary businesses to sleep out in this year’s Shine A Light event on Oct 13

Key findings:   Homelessness is considered the most pressing social issue among the Irish workforce 64% say that taking part in CSR or charitable initiatives positively impacts job satisfaction 85% of employees participate in social and environmental initiatives at work Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy launch the Shine A Light campaign, and appeal to […]

STARCAMP row in behind FOCUS Ireland and extend free camp to all children in Ireland until January 31st while schools remain closed

Starcamp had a whirlwind response to the free online camp that they offered to children nationwide this week. Over 200,000 children signed up to avail of the camp, causing the website to crash. Following the announcement of school closures, and in response to the overwhelming demand that they are experiencing, they will extend the availability […]

Focus Ireland Sleep Out for Homeless Tomorrow Night in Clonmel

There is a Sleep Out Night for Homelessness in Clonmel tomorrow, Friday 12th Oct. from 8pm to 8am Saturday Morning. Seamus Healy TD, Teresa Johnson and Cllr Pat English are organising the Focus Ireland Shine a Light Sleep Out Night at the Main Guard, Clonmel. They will be sleeping out for the night in solidarity […]

Tipp GAA stars to participate in homelessness sleep-out #GaelicVoices4Ch

A group of over 400 current and former inter-county football, hurling and camogie players who are passionate about making a difference have united under the umbrella of ‘Gaelic Voices for Change’. The new player-led social movement is made up of volunteers from the four provinces who have been meeting weekly for the past two months. […]

Homeless Charities and Homeowner Advocacy Groups Unite to Halt Vulture Funds

  HALT AIB’S SALE OF IRISH HOMES….. So say a growing number of Advocacy Groups and Charitable Organisations who together, are calling on the Government, and all Political Parties, to demand that AIB, ULSTER BANK, PTSB, BOI and other bailed-out financial institutions, desist from facilitating the sale of any further Irish Homes to Vulture Funds. […]

Seamus Healy TD calls for an end to evictions and formal declaration of a housing emergency

Speech on Planning Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 From Official Dáil Record  07/12/2016 Deputy Seamus Healy: In the short time available to me, I will address in the main the residential tenancy aspects of the Bill. The Bill is a pretence. It purports to give protection to tenants when properties in which there are […]

Banks are making up to 40 children a month homeless – you can help put a stop to this!

Around 20 families each month become homeless just because their buy-to-let landlord has been forced to sell up by their bank. And there are thousands more families at risk*. Families can find themselves evicted from their homes even though they are completely up-to-date with their rent and have years left to run on their tenancy […]

Norah Casey lends her support to Focus Ireland this Christmas

Norah Casey has teamed up with Focus Ireland to launch its annual “Sponsor a Star” campaign which aims to raise over €250,000 through businesses sponsoring a star on the charity’s Christmas tree at the top of Grafton Street. Focus Ireland is asking businesses to give a life changing gift this year and sponsor a star […]

Minister O’Sullivan Launches Focus Ireland Annual Report

Emphasises Government commitment to tackle homelessness in a more planned and effective way   Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today (Thursday 26th April) launched Focus Ireland’s annual report for 2011.   Speaking at the launch Minister O’Sullivan confirmed her intention to realise the Programme for Government commitment to end long-term homelessness.   “The […]