New figures show almost 5,500 adults accessed emergency accommodation in Dublin last year

The Peter McVerry Trust said the figures reveal the shocking scale of the homeless emergency in Ireland

New figures show almost 5,500 adults accessed emergency accommodation in Dublin last year

Pictured are people begging for money today on the streets of Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

Almost 5,500 adults accessed emergency homeless shelters in Dublin last year according to new figures, with the number growing significantly when children are included. 

The figures showed that six adults became homeless every day, double the number that are able to leave homelessness behind.

The Peter McVerry Trust say that the number of people who became homeless last year was over 7,000 when including children.

The figures also showed that 57% of all adults accessing emergency accommodation in Dublin were in long term homelessness (for 6 months or more), marking the the highest level that figure has reached in the last two years.

Pat Doyle, CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust, said "these figures must serve as a major wake up call. The next government must develop a high level, rapid action response to the issue. It is clear that we now need a Senior Minister for Housing and Homelessness to coordinate a cross-governmental response."

Mr Doyle added that rapid housing provision is needed to fight the growing problem, and that it must be a priority for the first 100 days of the next government.

"Concerted political efforts will be needed to deliver the 500 modular homes already promised," added Doyle "and rapid housing techniques must be explored in order to achieve at least another 1,000 similar quick build units on top of the 500 modular units already committed to delivery for 2016".