For the first time ever, more than 200 people have been counted sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin. Outreach teams are blaming the record figure on a lack of intervention and a lack of beds for the homeless.
Inner City Helping Homeless has been counting homeless on the streets of Dublin for the last four years, and last night met with 206 people. The group said that was an increase of 14% overnight.
Anthony Flynn said "There is a serious lack of intervention and a serious strain on services at present. I am calling on Minister Murphy, and the DRHE to immediately open Wolfe Tone Quay where 44 beds are empty and for an emergency contingency plan to be implemented today."
"All available resources through our offices are now being aimed towards the rough sleeper epidemic as continue to support the homeless of the city while our government continue to play down this national emergency", he said.