The Federation of Irish Societies (FIS) is a national umbrella organisation established in 1973, which draws together Irish clubs and societies in Britain.
We promote the interests of Irish people through community care, education, culture and arts, youth and sports activities and information provision. FIS is non-politically aligned and non-sectarian. We have over 100 affiliates throughout Britain who meet four times a year for National meetings and one Annual Congress.
As part of our commitment to representing the interests of the Irish community in Britain our Board and staff have regular meetings with representatives of the government and political parties in Britain and Ireland, as well as with statutory and voluntary bodies in both states in these islands.
We campaign for consistent ethnic monitoring, with an Irish category, by local authorities and service providers. We successfully campaigned for an Irish category in the ethnic question in the 2001 census, in order that information will be available to support service development and to ensure that the needs of Irish people in Britain are met on an equitable basis. More recently we ran the 'How Irish Are You campaign?' to encourage 1st, 2nd and consequent generations to tick the Irish box if they had Irish heritage.
We work closely with all our affilaited organisations to make connections, develop positive collaborations and spread the word about all the great activities being delivered by the Irish in Britain.
Federation of Irish Societies is a Company Ltd by Guarantee
Registered Office 95 White Lion St, London N1 9PF
Company No. 04013148
Registered Charity No. 1092268