Diabetes Federation of Ireland


Organizational Information

19 Northwood House
Northwood Business Campus
Dublin 9
Tel +353 1 842 8118
Website: www.diabetes.ie

Membership Information

Founded in 1967

3700 Members in 2016


13 employees and about 200 volunteers

Member of IDF since 1994




Since 1967 the Diabetes Ireland has been dedicated to helping people with diabetes from the very young to the very old. Through its network of support branches throughout the country, people who have an interest in diabetes are dedicated to sourcing and sharing information on diabetes and related matters.
Diabetes Ireland provides a wide array of services which cover all aspects of the condition under the key organisation’s pillars of Education, Support/Care, Awareness and Research.
Diabetes Ireland has 3 office locations (Dublin, Sligo and Cork) and 29 local branches (support groups) nationwide. The organisation has 13 employees located in the 3 offices / regionally and a further 11 medical professional based nationwide (Funded by HSE due to moratorium on HSE hiring). The organisation has approximately 200 volunteers.  
To provide a quality service in improving the lives of people affected by diabetes, and working with others to prevent and cure diabetes.



Main Focus

  • To provide support, information and motivation for people with diabetes, their families and friends
  • To raise awareness of diabetes in the community and foster programs for early detection and prevention of diabetes
  • To support and encourage advances in diabetes care and research.


To cater for people of all ages, their families and carers, Diabetes Ireland offers a range of services which include:
  • Patient Support via its telephone lo-call helpline and local support branches; 
  • Information via leaflets, information packs, website, “Diabetes Ireland” magazine;  
  • Support for children and parents with diabetes via the Sweetpea Kidz Club; children and adolescent adventure camps, family weekends, parent support groups;
  • Direct health education for patients; Type 1 and Type 2 patient conferences 
  • CODE (Community Orientated Diabetes Education) programmes nationwide (On average 50 a year held with up to 16 participants on each programme);
  • Financial services; negotiated motor and health insurance rates;
  • Advocacy and liaison; with clinics, services, the Department of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive;
  • Anti-discrimination activity; Insurance industry, Workplace; Schools etc.
  • Professional support; Professional Services Section, major annual multi-disciplinary conferences, regional professional meetings, practice support packs and Diabetes Professional magazine;
  • National & Local Public awareness campaigns; 
  • Health Promotion initiative including schools awareness, workplace awareness, early detection and prevention initiatives, diabetes screening;   
  • Funds research through the Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance;
  • Diabetes Ireland Care Centre


Young Leaders in Diabetes

Shane represents Diabetes Ireland in the Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme (YLD).

Read more about him and about the YLD programme here

Publications & Newsletters

Download their latest annual report (2012)

Read their quarterly magazine "Diabetes Ireland"


Message from the Chairperson

Prof. Hilary Hoey 


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