Newstalk
Newstalk

06.55 27 Oct 2017


Share this article


The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has admitted progress on tackling homelessness is too slow.

But he says the number of homeless families in hotels in Dublin is falling.

He was commenting in the Dáil after new national figures showed a record of number of over 8,300 people are now in emergency accommodation.

Minister Murphy says there are signs of improvement in Dublin.

"I know it's too slow, I know we need to do more - the Government recognises that.

"That's why we've increased our funding for homelessness and services next year, we've also increased our HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) supports for next year as well - as committed to in the budget for 2018.

"There are still 690 families in hotels.

"Any one family in a hotel or B&B is one too many, but it is significantly down on the high point that was reached in March earlier this year".

While homelessness charity Focus Ireland has called for greater Government action to stop buy-to-let landlords evicting families.

New figures show children now make up nearly one-in-four of the country's homeless population.

But the Government is highlighting a drop in the number of homeless families in Dublin, for the second month running.

Focus Ireland spokesperson Roughan McNamara says the Government should be trying harder to keep families in their homes.

"The really shocking thing about these figures is 37% now of the total number of people homeless is made up of children under 18.

"And while there is some good work being done to lift more families and children out of homelessness, we still believe the Government needs to do more to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place".


Share this article


Read more about

News

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

Up next

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on