Homeless mother and her six children forced to spend night in Garda station
A family of seven was forced to sleep in a Garda station because they "had nowhere else to go" on one of the "worst days for homelessness services", according to volunteers.
A young mother and her six children stayed in Tallaght Garda Station in Dublin on Wednesday night.
The youngsters, aged one to 11 years old, are understood to have slept on chairs.
"I can confirm a young mother and her six children presented at Tallaght Garda Station during the night because they had nowhere to go," a Garda spokesperson said.
"Members of An Garda Siochana tried all the emergency lines in relation to homeless shelters, and no accommodation was located.
"A number of local hotels were also phoned."
Photographs showed some of the children wearing school uniforms.
The family was provided with food and referred to a local authority.
"They were cared for during the night by the members working and received a hot breakfast this morning," the spokesperson said.
"The family have now left the Garda station and are on the way to South Dublin County Council's Housing Department."
Anthony Flynn, CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless, said the homelessness problem in Dublin was in danger of growing beyond all control.
"Wednesday was one of the worst days we had for homelessness services in five years," he added.