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A key role of the Irish Hospice Foundation is to inform people about hospice care and the value it offers to patients and their families. Hospice care is about supporting people to live a quality life until the end.  It also offers support to a patient’s family and loved ones. It is a holistic approach to care that a person with a life-limiting illness should be able to access.  A person of any age, any diagnosis and in any part of Ireland.

We communicate with the public is a range of ways from working with the media to publishing documents and information leaflets and organising public events to impart information or listen to the views of the public.

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We also communicate in order to bring about change for the better for our most vulnerable citizens.  We harness public interest in end-of-life issues and advocate for  changes in policy and practices around end of life.

The public is a vital ally in this work.  We encourage people to become hospice advocates by supporting the development of hospice services in their own areas or lobbying at a national level for more investment in hospice care.


Public Hearings Oct – Nov 2013

Between October 24th and 14th November 2013 the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD, held a series of five public hearings on end-of-life issues.  In this important process the Committee examined current arrangements for end-of-life care in Ireland and what measures might be taken to ensure that persons of all ages who are approaching the end of life are enabled to die well and with dignity.

Expert and interested speakers; including IHF CEO Sharon Foley, addressed the Committee on a variety of subjects relating to dying, death and bereavement.  READ MORE >>>


Election 2016

 Irish Hospice Foundation’s priority asks for General Election 2016 Between 2016 and 2021 over 145,000[1] people will die and over 1.4 million[2] people will be bereaved. Dying, death and bereavement affect us all and are everyone’s business. Despite Ireland being  ranked 4th in the world for end of life care,  significant geographic and other disparities […] Read more >

Press Releases

If you are a member of the press or media and need additional information on press releases contact our communications team Press Releases 2016 The curtain falls on the first 24 Hour DanceAthon ever hosted by Riverdance Kingspan Cyclists Raise over €65,000 for Irish Hospice Foundation LloydsPharmacy and Irish Hospice Foundation partnership renewed for a […] Read more >

Advocacy agenda

From the very start, the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation has been rooted in the experience of patients and their families. Dr Mary Redmond was so impressed by the quality of care that her father received at Our Lady’s hospice in Dublin that she set up the Irish Hospice Foundation in 1986 to fundraise […] Read more >

Campaigns and Priorities

‘THROUGH ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS-RAISING, WE WORK TO PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF END-OF-LIFE CARE ISSUES AND TO INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKERS TO MAKE SERVICES MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO NEED THEM’. PRIORITIES We work to ensure that every man, woman and child with palliative care needs has immediate access to a high quality service. Ireland does […] Read more >

Information for the Media

We are available to provide expert comment and briefings on a range of issues relating to death, dying and bereavement an to connect with people who want to share their stories. If you are a journalist, media researcher or producer and you require more information about The Irish Hospice Foundation and its work please contact […] Read more >

Oireachtas hearings and debates

  Seanad Éireann,  End-of-Life Care and Bereavement April 2014 Proposed by Senator Marie Louise O Donnell, a members motion on End-of-Life Care and Bereavement was discussed on Wednesday April 16th. Full transcript of the motion can be accessed HERE Watch recording HERE   Joint Committee Hearings October / November 2013 Between October 24th and 14th November 2013 the Oireachtas […] Read more >

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