Under Fine Gael government number of homeless children in State reaches highest ever level
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Darragh O’Brien has criticised the government following news that the number of homeless children in the State has reached the highest ever level.
The number of homeless people in the State according to latest official figures show 10,397 people are currently living in emergency accommodation.
The figures show an increase of 59 people last month compared to statistics from August, an average increase of around two people every day.
Some 3,873 children are now living without a home in Ireland, according to the Department of Housing homeless statistics for September.
Deputy O’Brien said: "This government continue to fail in one of the most basic needs for our people, a safe and secure home. Rebuilding Ireland is failing our children and change is now needed.
“This is the highest ever number of children in emergency accommodation to date and have passed a previous peak of 3,867 children in July 2018. The number of adults recorded as homeless also increased slightly up to 6,524 in September.
“There were 4,370 adults and 2,872 children homeless in Dublin and there are now 148 people living in emergency accommodation who are 65 years of age or older, the figures show,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.
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