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The Dublin Region Homeless Executive carried out a count of the number of people sleeping rough in the capital on the night of November 12 last. It found 139 people sleeping rough, compared to 94 in April.

RTE reports:

“80% were male and nearly 30% were from outside Ireland with the origin of nearly 20% unknown. It is the highest figure recorded since the rough sleeper counts began in 2007.”

“Dublin Region Homeless Executive Director Cathal Morgan has said there’s a growing trend of families being forced to leave private rented accommodation and moving into homeless accommodation.”

Mr Morgan said there aside from traditional factors contributing to homelessness, such as mental health and addiction, there is growing evidence that a number of homeless people are struggling to keep up with the demands of day-to-day living.

Number of rough sleepers in Dublin up 50% since April (RTÉ)

Dublin Region Homeless Executive

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