Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Darragh O’Brien has criticised the government following news that the number of homeless in the State has reached the highest ever level.

The number of homeless people in the State according to the latest official figures show 10,514 people are currently living in emergency accommodation, which is the highest level ever.

Deputy O’Brien said: “This is a shocking indictment of the government, they continue to fail in one of the most basic needs for our people, a safe and secure home. Rebuilding Ireland has failed, what we need to see is this crisis being met by crisis measures and currently it’s not.“

“The number of children living in emergency accommodation remains at an unacceptable level. The number of adults recorded as homeless also increased.”

The figures today show an increase of 117 people last month compared to statistics from September, an average increase of around two people every day.

Some 3,826 children are now living without a home in Ireland, according to the Department of Housing homeless statistics for September.

“Fianna Fáil would prioritise solving this housing crisis by building public homes on public land and delivering affordable housing for working people.”

“There were 4534 adults homeless in Dublin currently and there are now 154 people living in emergency accommodation who are 65 years of age or older, the figures show,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.