Report reveals 88pc increase in people sleeping rough in Dublin
The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of inner city Dublin has increased by 88% since last year, a new report has revealed.
Amid warnings that Government plans to end long-term homelessness by 2016 are in serious jeopardy, the Dublin Simon Community said current levels of those on the street were at an all-time high.
Sam McGuinness, of the charity that conducted the survey, warned the threat of further cuts to supports in the forthcoming budget could put vulnerable people in more danger.
"The need for accommodation and assistance for those with nowhere to go, and whose existence has become harsh and dangerous, is the highest we have ever seen," Mr McGuinness said.
"What is extremely worrying is that many people who have accessed our emergency accommodation do not have the suitable housing they require.
"In present uncertain times, with limited emergency accommodation, housing shortage, rent increases and rent allowance restrictions, the pressure for beds is frantic."
Some 85 people were found sleeping rough over the course of one night in September.
The Simon Community warned that figure could be much higher as its early morning counts do not include the so-called "hidden homeless", who stay in hospitals, internet cafes and squats.
It said the numbers of those bedded down in the inner city centre - between Jervis Street, Amien Street and Harcourt Street - had increased by 66% in the first six months of this year from the same period in 2012, and by 88% in the third quarter from the same time last year.