Figures endorse homeless charities’ concerns re rising count of rough sleepers in Dublin

by Rose Barrett
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Figures released this week show that the latest rough sleeper count is up 30 per cent on the same period last year. The count was carried out over the week of November 6 and 12,2023.

Cllr. Daithí Doolan (SF for Ballyfermot-Drimnagh) said:

“The latest rough sleeper count identified a total of 118 people sleeping rough across Dublin, that’s an increase of 30pc on the same time last year.

“This is deeply worrying. Even more concerning because we are now entering the coldest time of the year. Vulnerable people sleeping in door ways can and should be a thing of the past.

“These figures clearly show how out of touch the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien is. Each person sleeping rough is a testament to the failure of the Government’s housing policy.”

In recent weeks, Dublin Simon, Tiglin and Depaul Homeless services have all voiced their concerns for the growing crisis in Dublin city, as the Government announced it cannot automatically provide emergency accommodation for single male asylum seekers. Charities noted that many such men were offered tents and bedding. But given the recent violent looting and riots in the city centre, along with the worsening weather, these men would be particularly vulnerable.

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Cllr Doolan continued: “The responsibility for the housing crisis lies solely at the feet of this Government. Their housing policies lie in taters. They have failed on every front. They have failed each of these 118 people.

“With the right plans, resources and political commitment we can make homelessness a thing of the past. Unfortunately today’s figures prove this will not happen under the current Government.”

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