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Welcoming “Finite Lives” Report

Posted on: May 19th, 2017

The Irish Hospice Foundation welcomes the newly published report Finite Lives which examines State Services around dying, death and bereavement.







Angela Edghill, Irish Hospice Foundation, Advocacy and Public Engagement Manager said the ground breaking report is the first of its kind and proves that dying is everyone’s business.

Ms Edghill added: “It provides great evidence for a more coordinated and strategic approach to dying, death and bereavement by all of the agencies and Departments of State. Only good can come of this report since the issues it examines affect us all, without exception – but only if the State acts on Senator O’Donnell’s sensible, practical and reasonable recommendations.”


The report makes 16 key recommendations including the promotion of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Think Ahead planning tool. The purpose of the Think Ahead document is to guide members of the public in discussing and recording their preferences in the event of emergency, serious illness or death.

Further information is available on www.thinkahead.ie

Finite Lives by Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny this afternoon (Wednesday, 17 May) at Government Buildings.


The report is available here for download.


Irish Hospice Foundation and Neurological Alliance of Ireland look at palliative care needs of people with advancing neurological illness

Posted on: March 11th, 2014

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The Irish Hospice Foundation with the Neurological Alliance of Ireland has commenced a project that is looking at the palliative care needs of people with an advancing neurological illness from the perspective of Neurological Alliance of Ireland member organisations. 

Palliative care needs 

This project aims to establish the palliative care needs of people with advancing neurological disease and identify the required responses to these needs. They will draw perspectives from Neurological Alliance of Ireland member organizations which include:


  • Multiple Sclerosis Ireland
  • Parkinsons Association of Ireland
  • Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association
  • Huntingtons Disease Association of Ireland
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsey Association
  • Brain Tumour Ireland
  • Cheshire Ireland 

This week (March 10th to 15th) marks Brain Awareness Week, find out more about events and activities to mark the week HERE      

More information on the Irish Hospice Foundation’s work on extending Palliative Care to people with Advancing Neurological conditions is available HERE 


Posted on: January 7th, 2014

The Irish Hospice Foundations grant scheme A is now open for 2014 applications.

This grant scheme is aimed at assisting development in palliative care. Capital development applications are excluded. Applicants should demonstrate rigour and sound evaluation in proposals and indicate where services would be developed. The scheme is open to clinicians, other professionals and/or managers in hospice/palliative care in Ireland. Research applications will not be accepted.

Full details are application forms are available HERE




Posted on: December 19th, 2013

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has written today to Tony O’Brien, Director General of the Health Service Executive seeking clarification that a budget for specialist palliative care will be unveiled in sectoral budgets published in January 2014.

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 While welcoming the HSE plan to provide €1m to support the phased opening of specialist palliative care beds in Blanchardstown, the IHF is concerned that there are currently 46 unopened hospice beds  that should be opened as a matter of urgency.   

Sharon Foley stated: “We believe it is essential that there is a detailed breakdown of all health spending particularly in what is spent by the State on specialist palliative care.  The IHF believes there should be a dedicated, trackable budget for palliative care in our health budget and an annual core budget for palliative care within each of the new HSE Directorates.   The 2014 budget for specialist palliative care should be maintained at the 2013 levels to prevent further fragmentation of the sector.”    

HSE Service Plan 2014 is available HERE