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Monday 23 October 2017

Record number of homeless in city

THE number of people sleeping rough in Dublin City Centre reached a record high of 177 people during this week.

The figure is now a massive 65pc higher than November of last year.

Volunteers from the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) started taking records of the number of people living on the streets at the end of 2013.

Anthony Finn, the ICHH Director, said that when they first went out to tend to homeless people, they recorded around 60-65 people sleeping rough.

This figure more than doubled in the six months that followed, with Mr Finn calling these numbers "unacceptable".

"We have urged week after week for a crisis committee to be instated by the minister and all concerned agencies to be brought together to find solutions, but our calls have fallen on deaf ears," he said.

Mr Finn referred to the influx of homeless people as a "tsunami", and he doesn't see the problem being resolved any time soon.

"At the rate we're going it's only going to get worse," he said. "Intervention is required, we just cannot continue."

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