Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Catherine Ardagh
Dublin South Central

10 December 2015

Homeless figures shocking – Ardagh

Dublin South Central Candidate, Cllr. Catherine Ardagh has described the homeless figures for Dublin revealed by Dublin City Council today as “shocking and a sad indictment on society.”

According to the statistics from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, presented to the City Council, the number of rough sleepers has declined, but the numbers in sheltered accommodation has risen dramatically.

The number of people in emergency accommodation in Dublin has increased by 1,500 since last year. Despite the extra beds on offer there were still more than 90 people on the streets during this year’s rough sleeper count.

The figures show that the actual number of rough sleepers is down on last year – 91 during the count in November compared to 168 last year. But most of this reduction is accounted for by the Merchants Quay Cafe which allowed 61 people to sleep on mattresses.

The number of people in emergency accommodation has increased by 1,569 over the 12 months. There were a total of 3,766 men, women and children in emergency accommodation on the night of the count – which is a 71% increase on last year.

“These figures are a damning indictment,” she added.

Cllr Ardagh added that voluntary groups working with the homeless had told her that emergency accommodation is regularly full, which forces people onto the streets.

“Rising rents are continuing to force more people into homelessness after the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) revealed that monthly rents were 8.6% higher at the end of September compared with the same period last year.

“This is a national emergency, people are being priced out of the private rental sector, which not only puts them at risk of homelessness but also prevents people from moving out of homelessness. More and more families are stuck in emergency accommodation trying to maintain some sort of family life – sleeping, eating, playing, doing homework all in the one tiny space.”