President Mary Robinson praises the work that Focus Point has been doing on behalf of those who find themselves homeless.
Now known as Focus Ireland, Focus Point was founded in 1985 by Sr Stanislaus Kennedy to help the homeless. When President Mary Robinson attended their 10th anniversary celebrations, she noted in her speech that:
More and more young people are homeless, are without friends, are in need of the kind of services that Focus Point provides.
There had been an increase in homeless people, not just in Dublin but in its satellite towns and the cities of Cork, Galway and Limerick. Several of those at the event tell their stories to Paul Reynolds in this RTÉ News report. 40% of those who use Focus Point's services are under 25, while the organisation dealt with 200 children the previous year. Sr Stanislaus Kennedy stresses the need to inform the public that they exist and to create good quality services.
An RTÉ News report from 10 September 1995.