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Homeless Figures Show 10,514 People In Emergency Accommodation In October

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

5:59 PM - 3 Dec 2019



The number of people in emergency accommodation has increased again.

The latest homeless figures released show there were 10,514 people staying in emergency accommodation in October.

While the number of children who are homeless fell by 47, there was an overall increase of 117 people - meaning an extra 164 adults entered the system.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy suggests the "increase was expected" as additional emergency beds were recently introduced.

Figures released today also included the latest official rough sleeper count, showing 92 people were confirmed as sleeping rough across the Dublin region on the night of 26/27th November.

The figure is down 41% compared to last winter's official figure.

Minister Murphy said: "Today we see that those sleeping rough is at its lowest level since 2015 and the lowest since Rebuilding Ireland began.

"In October, there was a decrease of 23 families and 47 children in emergency accommodation and an overall increase of 117, which was expected following the introduction of new emergency beds in the Dublin region recently."

Reacting to the latest figures, Inner City Helping Homeless CEO Anthony Flynn suggested the "situation is completely out of control".

He said: "[There are] consistent increases in numbers entering homelessness month after month with no end to the misery that is being bestowed on children trapped in homelessness."

The release of the figures comes only hours before Minister Murphy faces a no confidence motion in the Dáil - with the Government expecting him to survive.

Main image: File photo of Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie


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