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Number of homeless children in Dublin more than doubles in a year

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Number of homeless children in Dublin more than doubles in a year

The number of homeless children in Dublin has more than doubled in a year, latest figures show.

They also show the total number of homeless people during the week of September 21st to 27th was 4,999.

This was made up of 1,571 children, 980 parents and 2,448 adults without children.

In January, the total number of homeless persons was 3,845 - 865 children, 539 parents and 2,441 adults with no dependents.

The national data, just published by the Department of the Environment, show there were 1,571 homeless children in 738 families across the State last month.

This is an 81 per cent increase in the number of homeless children since January, when there were 865 children in 401 families.

The highest numbers of children were in Dublin, where there were 1,343 in 637 families in emergency accommodation last month.

This compares to 668 homeless children in 309 families in September 2014 - meaning a 101 per cent increase in the number of children, and 106 per cent increase in families, in emergency accommodation in the capital in a year.

Outside Dublin, there were 228 children in 101 families in emergency accommodation last month, compared to 85 children in 42 families in January.