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Research shows a large decrease of homeless Irish in London

Published 07/01/2007

There has been a significant reduction in the number of Irish people sleeping rough on the streets of London, according to new research.

In 2001 the figure stood at 50 per cent, that's now down to around 20 per cent.

The Simon Community said the Dion fund set up by the Irish government, which gives support to a number of charities working with homeless people in Britain, has made a big difference.

Director of the Simon Community in London, Timothy Nicholls said the research was carried out in early November and is a good indicator about the changes that are taking place in the homeless community.

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