Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy says it is a 'very worrying trend'

There has been another rise in the number of people becoming homeless.

The latest figures from the Department of Housing show the number of families in emergency accommodation rose by 222 between January and February.

215 adults were added to the list, as well as almost 500 children.

A total of 9,807 adults and children are now in emergency accommodation, which the Housing Minister admitting the latest increase indicates a "very worrying trend".

In a join statement, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Fr Peter McVerry said they have lost all confidence "in either the ability or commitment of the Government to solve the housing and homelessness crisis".

The homelessness campaigners said: “Housing is a fundamental human right.

"The inability or unwillingness to assure this basic right to tens of thousands of people in Ireland today is an indictment of our society and constitutes an emergency that requires far more radical action than we have seen so far.

"Homelessness in Ireland today is not inevitable and nor should it be considered normal. It can be eliminated if the political will is there.”

Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless added: "The worrying trend has been a trend now for six to eight months.

"We've seen a solid increase month-on-month since the Minister has come into office - we need a total reevaluation of homeless services; we need a total reevaluation of how we deal with families that are entering homeless services."

He added: "What we need to do is put measures in place to stop families becoming homeless."