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More families and children homeless in July

There has been a failure to stem the flow of families and individuals into homelessness every month, says Focus Ireland CEO, Pat Dennigan.

2019.09.10.

Marriage counsellors wanted as ACCORD launches recruitment drive

Marriage and families are today experiencing new and more complex challenges than ever before, says ACCORD executive Harry Casey.

2019.03.25.

SVP report finds greater poverty among lone parents

“This report shows Ireland has a long way to go in creating pathways to sustainable, decent and family friendly employment which will address the growing issue of in-work poverty among lone parents” – Dr Tricia Keilthy, SVP.

2019.03.06.

Focus Ireland reveals real increase in homelessness in 2018

Focus Ireland said homelessness in Ireland has risen to unprecedented levels.

2019.01.03.

Nineteen babies born into homelessness in one year

Depaul saw a particularly large increase in families accessing its services in both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

2018.10.18.

New study highlights the struggles of low-income families

“This research highlights the risk to children’s development and quality of life when there is an ongoing shortfall in all areas of household expenditure.”

2018.09.27.

Homelessness caused by poor policy choices – Focus Ireland

There were 9,891 people living in hotels, bed and breakfasts and family hubs in July, up from 9,872 people in June, with 43 more children homeless in July than in June.

2018.09.06.

Statistics released for WMOF

The statistics reveal that the number of families in Ireland is up but the number of Catholics is down.

2018.08.16.

Compulsory registration of EU citizens in UK will mostly hit Catholics

The Church’s concern in this matter is justified as the majority of EU citizens in the EU are Catholic, and safeguarding their rights is a priority for the Catholic Church.

2018.07.07.

Over 18,000 now registered for WMOF2018

Registrations for the ninth World Meeting of Families in Dublin this August are rising fast while volunteer numbers have now exceeded over 3,000, organisers reveal.

2018.05.08.

Church leaders appeal for protection of vulnerable families

“So many parents in our society today feel that they are failing because they cannot provide security for their children” and many are reluctant to ask for help because of stigma and shame.

2018.01.02.

Focus Ireland launches Christmas Appeal

“We work hard to support families and individuals every day and not just at Christmas, but we depend on donations now more than ever to raise funds so our services can cope with the constantly rising demand.”

2017.11.10.

Focus Ireland makes pre-budget submission

“The latest figures clearly show the homeless crisis is continuing to deepen and the government really needs to have this issue at the top of its agenda” – Focus Ireland.

2017.10.07.

90,000 homes needed for those on housing waiting lists

The private sector will never build social housing units on the scale required.

2017.09.04.

Child homeless census figures alarm SVP

Children aged under four are now the single largest age group experiencing homelessness, with Census 2016 identifying 765 homeless preschoolers.

2017.08.14.

Reek Sunday is “very much a family occasion” – Bishop Monahan

Special focus on the family in preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 as pilgrims invited to wear a special sticker as a symbol of bringing families with them in prayer as they made their ascent to the summit.

2017.08.01.

Schönborn: Church must listen to couples in a way it hasn’t before

“Having Cardinal Schönborn present [at Limerick conference] will be an opportunity to get the deepest insight yet in Ireland into the Pope’s new and more merciful direction on the family” – Jessie Rogers.

2017.07.12.

You have a Christian duty to vote on 8 June, Northern Irish bishops tell Westminster electorate

A fundamental responsibility of every follower of Jesus is to transform the world with hope. Every vote in favour of a more just, peaceful and caring society is a concrete and personal expression of that hope.

2017.05.29.

Your Pope Needs You!

At least three-thousands of volunteers are needed to ensure the success of the World Meeting of Families to be held 15 months from now in August 2018.

2017.05.21.

Archbishop Eamon Martin calls for mechanism of truth for families of disappeared

“Today I appeal again to the conscience of anyone who can help ... so that the agonising wait of the remaining families can be shortened and their loved ones can at last have a Christian burial.”

2017.04.10.

Focus Ireland expresses concern as homeless figures pass 7,000

There is still much work to be done if we are to end this homeless crisis – Ashley Balbirnie, CEO Focus Ireland.

2017.01.29.

Universities to compete for inaugural London Catholic Cup

All proceeds to go to the Cardinal Hume Centre, which helps families and young people overcome poverty and homelessness.

2016.11.16.

Sr Stan highlights effects of homelessness on children

It breaks my heart to think that up to 2,500 children will be homeless on Christmas day this year – Sr Stan, founder of Focus Ireland.

2016.11.16.

Redemptorist community in Limerick launch annual Poor Campaign

“It’s a big undertaking, but people have always been very generous to us” – Fr Seamus Enright CSsR

2016.11.11.

Primate defends constitutional commitment to mother & unborn

"How could anyone in the name of compassion or choice remove the right to life of an innocent unborn child?" - Archbishop Eamon Martin at Rosary Rally in Knock.

2016.06.05.

Pope confirms date & theme for World Meeting of Families

9th World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin from 22 to 26 August 2018 with the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’.

2016.05.24.

Child welfare is ‘silver bullet’ of social policy

Britain's troubled families Tzar addresses SVP seminar and lauds St Vincent de Paul's home visitations.

2016.05.10.

St Mel’s Cathedral to mark Feast of St Joseph

An Teaghlach Naofa is a prayer network founded to pray for the protection of the sanctity of marriage, the family and human life.

2016.03.12.

Barnardos warns of ‘hidden’ homeless children

In addition to children who are homeless, thousands more are living in overcrowded, unsuitable and unsafe sub-standard accommodation.

2016.03.08.

Bishop pleads on behalf of homeless & migrants

Ireland “cannot claim to be a progressive society if we choose to leave so many in poverty” - Bishop William Crean of Cloyne.

2015.12.29.
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