Focus Ireland said the Government is "dramatically failing" to do enough to ease the crisis

A new record of 9,104 people were homeless in this country last month.

The January figures released by the Department of Housing show that 3,267 of those in emergency accommodation were children.

The number is up by 517 on December's figure - meaning a 6% increase in one month alone.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy that the increase in the number of homeless families compared to December was unexpected - up to 1,517, compared to 1,408 last month.

He said: "The numbers are not back to the high of November and the rate of increase of family homelessness has stabilised to a large extent over the past year.

"However, the extent of the increase in January was not anticipated and, following a meeting with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, I have requested that they investigate the matter further and prepare a detailed report for review."

Focus Ireland said the Government was 'dramatically failing' to tackle the housing & homelessness crisis.

The latest figures come as people are being encouraged to report rough sleepers to their local authority during the snow and ice warnings this week.