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A Record Number Of People Are Homeless In Ireland

Brendan O'Loughlin
Brendan O'Loughlin

09:00 27 Feb 2019


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The number of people who are homeless in Ireland has reached a record high.

New homeless figures show an extra 234 people were living in emergency accommodation last month.

The Housing Minister has admitted the 9987 people who are homeless are in a "very difficult situation".

Eoghan Murphy said "the solutions to homelessness are often more complex".

He said he is working "closely with my cabinet colleagues to deliver solutions for those individuals who require further support to exit homelessness".

It comes as the government looks at offering older people money to downsize.

Junior Housing Minister, Damien English, says the incentive could free up homes for larger families.

The scheme, due to be rolled out next year, would apply to those living in both social and private homes.

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