Our history

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy founded Focus Ireland following her research into the needs of women experiencing homelessness in Dublin in the 1980s.

Through her research, Sr Stan realised the importance of involving people who are homeless, 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 on Eustace Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar. The organisation provided advice, information, advocacy and help with finding a home – as well as a warm welcoming place to meet and have a low-cost meal.

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

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Transparency and accountability

A voluntary Board of Directors steers Focus Ireland's governance.

Board members also take an active role in fundraising and contribute to the areas of the organisation in which they have the most expertise. You can view our Board members on our Meet The Team page.

The salaries for our executive staff are independently benchmarked on a regular basis to establish an appropriate pay range for the level of responsibility they hold.

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Annual reports

In our annual reports, you’ll find details of our structure, activities and accounts for that year. You can view or download Focus Ireland’s annual reports since 2010 on our reports and publications page.

Our values

Our values inform our actions and help us ensure our attitudes and behaviour reflect the ethos of the organisation.

Our expectation for every employee is that Focus Ireland’s values are reflected in our work, our communications and in our relationships – with each other, and with customers and tenants, volunteers, partners, donors and funders, and the wider public.

Our customers’ needs shape the services we provide. The quality of services delivery is equally as important as the kind of services we provide. These values underpin our behaviour and attitudes in the provision of service to all stakeholders.

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Dignity is about treating people equally, with respect, kindness, compassion and empathy. It involves valuing people’s diversity, engaging in relationships of care, and having regard for people’s capacities, values, feelings, and beliefs.


Quality is about professionalism, effectiveness, accountability, and integrity. It involves setting, achieving, and maintaining high standards; collaborative approaches, and continuous learning; and ensuring environmental sustainability.


Social justice is about the achievement of positive outcomes to address social exclusion and inequality, and, enabling people to lead independent and fulfilling lives. It involves responding to specific needs that flow from people’s diversity, securing fulfilment of rights, and challenging structural inequalities.


Empowerment is about independence and autonomy. It involves people understanding issues of power and powerlessness in their lives, having power to make informed decisions and choices, and being able to realise their full potential.