Wednesday 22 November 2017

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

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
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

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.

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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