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Thank you for Helping More People Make it Home with Focus Ireland

27 February 2019

With your support, we have helped more people make it #HomeForChristmas

Over the last two years, Iarnród Éireann has worked in partnership with Focus Ireland throughout December to help more people make it #HomeForChristmas.

Our Christmas campaign, which has included volunteer choirs, musicians and bucket collectors in our main stations, an option to donate while booking your rail ticket online and advertising across our network provided by Exterion Media Ireland has helped raise vital funds to provide essential services and also raise awareness about the problem of homelessness in Ireland.

Sadly, the crisis worsened throughout 2018.  Each month, in the Dublin Region alone, an average of 93 families became newly homeless, compared to 81 families per month for the same period in 2017. And more than 1 in every 3 people who are homeless is a child.

Focus Ireland Fundraising Co‐Director Rachel Murphy said: ““There are now nearly 10,000 people homeless and it is truly heart breaking to see that almost 4,000 of these are children. We must always remember that behind these shocking statistics are real people that need our help to secure a place to call home.

With your help, an amazing total of more than €146,000 was raised during this Christmas’s campaign. As a result of these vital funds Focus Ireland helped more than 15,000 people in 2018.

Barry Kenny, Manager, Corporate Communications for Iarnród Éireann said: “Focus Ireland prevent people from falling into homelessness, and help those impacted. We are delighted to help Focus Ireland and the members of our society they support. Focus Ireland manages to secure a home for one family every day but sadly that same day two to three more families – and other individuals ‐ become homeless. Iarnród Éireann is proud to be supporting Focus Ireland’s work and we hope this campaign has helped the charity’s work to support more families to make the journey home.”

We would like to thank all donated while travelling with us.  With your support Focus Ireland can be there for those who are experiencing homelessness and work towards getting people home.




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