Winners of

HSE 2018 Health Service Excellence Award

Category: Supporting a 

Healthy Community

Winners of 2019

GP Buddy.ie Awards

How frontline workers in Ireland's homeless services 'had to change everything' in 2020

Irish homelessness charity Safteynet had to adapt the services it provides due to Covid-19. 2020 saw a 35 per cent increase in homeless deaths in Ireland.  Video: Enda O'Dowd


How Dublin's homeless are being tested for Covid-19

Safetynet is a primary care facility for marginalised people in society who do not have access to healthcare. They have reconfigured to respond specifically to the coronavirus pandemic. Video: Enda O'Dowd


‘Being in Ireland feels like winning the lottery’: Syrians arrive after delay due to Covid    Video...      

Fire Moria Camp: Call for urgent evacuation and radical change

Aboard the Rapid testing bus

29 SEPT 2020

Spending a night with Safetynet's Mobile Health Unit

13 AUG 2020


reporter Josh Crosbie spent a night on the road with them to find out how they operate      Read more...

The MSF scientist helping ‘break the chain’ of COVID-19 among Ireland’s most vulnerable

4th June 2020   

Covid-19 affecting people living in extreme poverty

22 April 2020

Frontline workers operating on the margins of Irish society are reporting a "very high proportion" of positive Covid-19 cases among people living in extreme poverty.


Minister for Health opens new Hub at the Mater which will care and treat the most marginalised in the inner city

8th May 2020      

Safetynet COVID-19 response – Update

6 April 2020

Safetynet have reconfigured our services in response to COVID-19 to identify, triage test and treat homeless and vulnerable people. Our reconfigured service means those with symptoms can be tested quicker and appropriately supported subsequently.


Homeless support groups making contingency plans for the spread of Covid-19

13 March 2020

Fiona O'Reilly, CEO of Safetynet Primary Care, said immediate issues that needed to be decided included drop-in centres, provision of food parcels, and transport for those who may begin to show symptoms.


Bringing vital epilepsy care directly to homeless people in the community

10 February 2020    

Safetynet Primary Care is a medical charity that delivers quality care to those marginalized in society without access to healthcare, including homeless people, drug users and migrants. We also facilitate a network of health services working with homeless people care to ensure a coordinated approach and promote best practice. 
Everyone has equal access to healthcare and should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential.
To deliver high quality healthcare services for homeless people and others socially excluded who otherwise would not receive care and to promote their wellbeing while advocating for an inclusive health system.
  • Quality: We will give the highest possible care to everyone who accesses our services.

  • Transparency: service users.

  • We will always be honest with our employees, partners, sponsors, funders and

  • Self-efficacy: We encourage all who use our services to take care of their health. Inclusion: We ensure that we serve all those that are considered hard to reach.

  • Flexible: We make services fit the person rather than the other way round.

  • Non Judgmental: We do not judge people or blame them for their health condition.

  • Respect: We respect the choices of our patients and go further to assist them in achieving health and happiness.

  • Innovation: We value innovation in service design.


We believe that everyone has a right to health care regardless of means, circumstance, race or creed. We try to think outside the box to implement services that adapt to the patient rather than expecting the patient to fit with the system. We do not judge people or blame them for their health condition. We see homelessness as an unhealthy state and do what we can to assist moving out of it. We respect the choices of our patients and work tirelessly to assist them in achieving health and happiness.

Catherine Mc Auley Centre,    

21 Nelson Street,

Dublin 7

Contact Numbers:

Main No./General Queries       01 962 0116

Administration & Finance                 087 152 3589


Homeless PC Team Inreach               087 176 2246

Homeless PC Team Outreach           087 652 0225

Homeless PC Team Support              087 222 0402

Mobile Health & Screening Unit      087 355 9722

General Queries Email: info@primarycaresafetynet.ie

Board of Directors

Kevin Kenny (Chair)

David Cagney

Dr. Cliona Ní Cheallaigh

Síle Kelly

Dr. Brian Melaugh

Frank Mills,

Frances O’Keefe

Dr. Philip Wiehe



Safetynet is a registered charity

(No. CHY19388)

Company Ltd by guarantee Registered No. 471026

© Safetynet