A Rising Tide


Total number of people homeless in Ireland

Total number of homeless adults in Ireland

Total number of homeless children in Ireland

Total number of homeless families in Ireland

Total number of single-parent families who are homeless in Ireland

Further to the Department of Housing’s release of the homeless figures for June 2017 yesterday evening…

A few graphs (click to enlarge) which show how the number of people who are homeless has been rising steadily.

Readers will recall how June’s figures showed 7,941 people registered as homeless in June 2017, 5,046 adults and 2,895 children.

The overall figure represents an increase of 241 people since May 2017.

Previously: A Good Time To Bury Bad News

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25 thoughts on “A Rising Tide

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        Doesn’t have to be. You just say it.
        That’s how we roll these days. Fupp off experts and fupp kindness. There’s a new world order.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Oh… right then.

          Fupp you all! Let the world buuuuuurn! Grab a pitchfork and let the anarchy roll!

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Erm, let me dash off to Woodies to buy one first.
            I hope the moment won’t be lost before I get back.
            Keep chanting!

        2. Nigel

          He might mean it. He might be trying to be ironic. Who can tell the difference? Has pretty much the same result.

  1. Catherinecostelloe

    Its barbaric to treat little children like this…..There is much ado about getting the 6 counties to join the republic. Good God ……what have we to offer? A banana Republic?

    1. scottser

      northern ireland has the highest per capita homeless population in the UK and its numbers have doubled since 2000 according to the belfast telegraph.

  2. Shankillfalls

    One only has to walk around Dublin from about 11pm to see the reality of this. Hundreds bedding down for the night. A sad reflection on us as a society.

  3. martco

    I’m not hearing much from Brendan Ogle on this…

    Wondering wtf happened to al that momentum Apollo House generated on this subject generally? Quiet as mice now, what deals got done with Coveney exactly? seems to me he’s gotten off very very lightly following his bs promises. Do we have to wait until Kildare Street comes back from sunning themselves before making noise? I’m up for protest anyway!!

    1. realPolithicks

      “I’m up for protest anyway”

      Why don’t you organize one then, instead of complaining about other people who have actually tried to make a difference.

      1. martco

        it wasn’t a complaint it was meant as a question and a valid one

        your gist about protest is correct, ideally I could/should start one…id certainly like to…guess that’s a lack of natural confidence/know how/heft on my part but that doesn’t mean I can’t support organised protest (and I will use my vote come GE time)

  4. realPolithicks

    Nothing will happen to resolve this and the many other pressing social issues in Ireland until people wake up and stop voting for these right wing parties who are content to stand by and pretend that the “private market” will fix everything. The private market will do nothing unless there is a profit to be made and they couldn’t care less about the number of homeless families that exist in Ireland.


      leo on tv3

      “The Government was looking at the existing plan of buying and leasing houses off the private sector, he said, and perhaps changing this to building more houses instead.”

      What? When did gov policy change away from the state building social housing in the first instance?

    2. jusayinlike

      +1, well said, cul de sac politics, psycho right and impotent left..

      “the best way to control the opposition is to be the opposition”


  5. I hate everyone

    There’s no votes in people lying about on the street
    Like it or not we’re a neo liberal clientilist where nothing can ever change – except for the worse

  6. Gabby

    There’s one way to get our minds off this homelessness problem – intensify the public discussions about abortion, the Angelus bell, sex education in schools, religion in schools, the need to accept more refugees, equal pay for women in broadcasting, the shocking costs of rooms in Dublin hotels, the decline of rural Ireland, Kevin Myers and feminism, banning blood sports, drink driving, sneezing in public without a mouchoir, the absence of public toilets in central Dublin…

  7. Jesus Wept

    Is there a misconception that homeless means living outside rough.From what I understand it doesn’t mean that.

  8. Cian

    There is a major problem with homelessness in Dublin.
    This can be somewhat explained by the increase in population (+62,000 people between 2011 and 2016) without the corresponding increase in house-building.
    The changes in legislation on minimum standards for renting that removed the bedsits (shared toilets) meant that number of these lowest-level of accommodation dropped considerably, and those that were left jumped in price (albeit with better facilities).

    1. Lord Snowflakee

      That’s right, that’s the reason, Cian.

      One of the great sages of this site has spoken.

      Thank you for taking the time to enlighten us.


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