In the four decades since Arthritis Ireland was established, we have worked relentlessly to support people with arthritis and to improve their quality of life.  

While there have been dramatic improvements in our knowledge and understanding of arthritis, and in how people are diagnosed and treated; there is no shortage of fresh challenges. The reality is that as we live longer, increasing numbers are going to get arthritis; the health system is under immense pressure; health inequalities are taking their toll; while false claims of cures serve to mislead and confuse.

In 2019, we published a new strategic plan which will guide our work over the coming years. As part of this process, we articulated a new vision, mission and purpose for the organisation, which are detailed below. 


A better world for people living with arthritis today and a world without arthritis tomorrow.


We seek to ensure that every person living with arthritis in Ireland is supported to live a full and active life, having access to appropriate health services and treatments. We work to ensure an enhanced quality of life for people living with arthritis, minimising the devastating effects that arthritis can have on lives.


  • We are the first and frequent point of support for people living with arthritis in Ireland.
  • We develop and deliver the services and supports which allow people living with arthritis to lead full and active lives.
  • We listen to our community and advocate solutions to their needs through developing evidence-based policy proposals.
  • We influence the research agenda and promote development of new diagnostics, treatments and supports.

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