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Dublin tackles homelessness

June 04 2014
At least 127 people are sleeping rough on the capital's streets

At least 127 people are sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin, as charities declare a housing crisis in the Irish capital.

Now the Government has promised an additional 900 places for homeless people every year for the next three years.

A plan was approved late last month that would see 2,700 housing units come from refurbished local authority stock and existing state buildings, new construction and property controlled by NAMA.

Minister for housing Jan O'Sullivan unveiled the government's plan to eliminate homelessness by 2016.

Official figures to be published later this week will show numbers sleeping rough in Dublin are down nine per cent on the winter period, but up 35 per cent on the same period last year.

The reduction over recent months follows a significant increase in the number of temporary beds and other emergency measures.

In April, it emerged that most hostels and homeless shelters had been operating at full capacity for several months, with with many vulnerable people turned away on a nightly basis.