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Rough Sleeper Numbers Fall By More Than Half In Recent Weeks

Brendan O'Loughlin
Brendan O'Loughlin

03:33 2 Jan 2019


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The number of people sleeping on the streets of Dublin has fallen by more than half in the last few weeks, according to a charity.

Volunteers from Inner City Helping Homeless carry out regular head counts, as they assist rough sleepers in the city.

They say that, over the past few weeks, numbers on the streets have fallen by 55% and currently stand at around 70 per night.

Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless says it's a welcome change.

"What that indicates to us is that beds have been put into the system, and the system is freely flowing and people are able to access beds at night time".

However, he urged the Department of Housing to keep emergency beds opened for colder months available to those in needs after winter.

"Normally we would see a reduction in the amount of beds open around March", he explained.

"We are encouraging the department and the council to keep those open".


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