Sunday 11 December 2016

This is how we 'cherish' our homeless children - by dumping them in B&Bs

Published 29/12/2015 | 02:30

The cost of private accommodation for homeless families has reached €3m a year, but the real cost is to the well-being of the children who suffer from a lack of stability. Photo is posed
The cost of private accommodation for homeless families has reached €3m a year, but the real cost is to the well-being of the children who suffer from a lack of stability. Photo is posed

While the Government preaches a mantra of recovery and prosperity in advance of the General Election, the numbers of homeless children in the country continues to spiral.

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In November 2014, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil: "A situation whereby children, in particular, are homeless is not one that anybody can condone." Since then, the number of homeless children in the country has more than doubled - from 668 in 309 families to 1,571 in 738 families.

Most of these children are under the age of eight.

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