Thursday 14 December 2017

More than 200 sleep rough on Dublin streets in one night

Roughan MacNamara of Focus Ireland said the increase in rough sleepers was expected but disappointing. Stock picture
Roughan MacNamara of Focus Ireland said the increase in rough sleepers was expected but disappointing. Stock picture

Ed Carty

More than 5,000 people were homeless across the country last month and more than 200 were found sleeping rough in Dublin on one night this month.

Official figures from a headcount on April 4 found 138 people were forced to bed down on the streets of the capital, up a third on last April.

Another 57 were recorded in Merchant's Quay Ireland's Night Cafe and officials also found 23 Romanians sleeping outside after they had arrived in previous weeks seeking or having been promised employment.

The monthly report on emergency accommodation also revealed that 3,299 adults and 2,134 children were homeless in March.

Roughan MacNamara of Focus Ireland said the increase in rough sleepers was expected but disappointing.

"We all need to leave no stone unturned in our efforts to end this terrible and unacceptable human crisis," Mr MacNamara said.

Irish Independent

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