Our History

The Founder

Focus Ireland was founded by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy. Sr. Stan was involved in a research project into the lives of homeless women in Dublin, when she realised the importance of involving people, who are, or have been directly affected by homelessness, in the development of homelessness services.

 

In 1985, two years after the initial research Focus Point (now Focus Ireland) opened its doors in Eustace Street, Dublin. The organisation provided streetwork services to young people, advice, advocacy, information and help with finding a home as well as a warm welcoming place to meet and have a low-cost meal.

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Since its foundation Focus Ireland has continued to grow and its research and advocacy work ensures that the rights of people who are homeless remain on the political agenda. In addition to its Dublin projects, it now has services and housing projects across Ireland including in Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Sligo and Limerick.

Transparency and Accountability at Focus Ireland

A voluntary Board of Directors steers the governance of Focus Ireland. The board members also take an active role in fundraising and contribute to the areas of the organisation in which they have the most expertise. See our board here

The salaries for our Executive Staff are independently benchmarked on a regular basis to establish an appropriate range of pay for the level of responsibility held.

In our Annual Reports you’ll find details on our structure, activities and accounts for that year. You can view or download Focus Ireland’s Annual Reports since 2010 here