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Irish housing minister is urged to quit

The Republic's housing minister has been urged to resign over the country's homelessness crisis. File image posed by model
The Republic's housing minister has been urged to resign over the country's homelessness crisis. File image posed by model

By Aine McMahon

The Republic's housing minister has been urged to resign over the country's homelessness crisis.

The number of people in emergency accommodation increased again in September, with almost 10,400 adults and children experiencing homelessness.

Figures released yesterday show 10,397 people, including 6,524 adults and 3,873 children, accessed emergency accommodation in September.

The homelessness total passed the 10,000 mark for the first time in March this year.

Among adults, the biggest proportion of people accessing emergency accommodation was those aged between 25 and 44.

There were also almost 1,000 more men than women who were homeless.

The figures show there were 1,756 families experiencing homelessness last month.

Some 76% of people accessed emergency accommodation in Dublin, followed by Cork, Galway, Limerick and Kildare.

Anthony Flynn, CEO of homelessness charity Inner City Helping Homeless, called on Irish housing minister Eoghan Murphy to step down in light of the figures.

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