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Cillian Murphy joins fundraiser for Focus Ireland

Irish actor announced as the campaign ambassador for Radio Nova's 2016 ‘Help Our Homeless Radiothon’ in aid of Focus Ireland.


Urgent action needed to tackle homeless crisis

“It seems to be almost explicit Government policy that people are expected to live below that poverty line and we see the consequences” - Mike Allen of Focus Ireland.


Belvedere sleep-out of vital help to homeless: Sr Stan

Last year, students raised €183,000 for homeless charities and this year's sleep-out is to aid Focus Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust and Home Again.


Declare a homeless emergency Fr McVerry urges

“Homeless families will end up having to sleep in Garda stations and hospital emergency departments for Christmas,” Jesuit warns.


Sr Stan appeals for donations for Christmas campaign

“Christmas should be a time of joy for people to gather and share the happiness of the season in their own homes."


Housing measures fall short in key areas

Package does not address the level of rent supplement and the actions of banks when they repossess the properties of buy-to-let landlords.


Charities warn that Budget2016 fails the homeless

"There is nothing to slow down the shocking number of families becoming homeless."


Homelessness is a national emergency: Sr Stan

“We must not shy away from highlighting that homelessness has now deepened from a crisis situation to a national emergency.”


Sr Stan celebrates 30 years of Focus Ireland

“The great support we get means we are able to provide a permanent place to call home for up to 650 households who were homeless or at risk."


Calls for Government to act on homeless crisis

“When a family with 3 children under the age of 5 are sleeping outside in a park somebody needs to hold their head in shame and resign. A heartbreaking sight.”


Sr Stan named Ireland’s ‘National Treasure’

“One of the most appalling things is that families are becoming homeless, and last month 70 families became homeless. That's two or three new families every day.”


Crisis as 71 families become homeless in April

Of the 71 families referred to Focus Ireland by four Dublin authorities, 63 had never been homeless before.


Concern at 55% rise in homelessness in capital

411 families in emergency accommodation with 911 children according to Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE).


Focus Ireland concerned over rent supplement cap

Need for legislation to create ‘rent certainty’ in the private rented sector which would counter rent inflation.


42 more families became homeless in November

New figures released by Focus Ireland show the number of homeless families in Dublin alone rose to 450 over the first 11 months of this year.


Live animal crib opens at Mansion House

Gift from the farmers of Ireland aims to raise money for the homeless.


Focus Ireland welcomes social housing strategy

It will take at least 18 months until the new plan begins to deliver the first homes for people in need.


Govt urged to regulate rents to protect tenants

Ten families a day becoming homeless in Dublin Sr Stan warns Govt and demands an effective short-term strategy to tackle the crisis.


Budget must tackle poverty and homelessness

"Looking after children is how you define a society’" - yet in Ireland today, one in ten children lives in consistent poverty.


Sr Stan and St Brigid in top 100 Irish women poll

32-page Irish Independent supplement on the women who have helped shape the country.


Celebs back education as way to avoid homelessness

Taoiseach's appearance in Focus Ireland video provokes criticism saying Govt has done nothing to ameliorate plight of homeless.


Focus petition Taoiseach on ‘right to housing’

In Cork, some families are living in cars, others are broken up, with mothers and children under 12 going to one centre, fathers to another, and teenage boys to emergency foster care, reports Focus Ireland Cork.


25% rise in those seeking Focus Ireland’s help

“One family a day loses their home and becomes homeless in Dublin alone,” Sr Stan warns.


Focus Ireland calls for 3,000 new homes

Homeless charity warns housing crisis cannot be solved without substantial Government investment in public housing.


Rise in rents sparks homeless crisis

More than 170 families being accommodated in single hotel rooms across Dublin.


Constitutional Convention recommends right to a home

Europe has 11 million empty homes - enough to house all of the Continent's homeless twice.


Homeless charities welcome cuts reversal

Dublin City Council moves to increase funding to frontline homeless services.


Lord Mayor and business leaders team up for homeless

‘Shine A Light Night 2013' seeking to raise €500,000 for Focus Ireland.

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