An Increase Of 277 To 10,264


Yesterday evening.

The Department of Housing released its latest homeless figures showing that a record 10,264 people – 6,480 adults and 3,784 children – were living in emergency accommodation in the last full week of February 2019.

This is an increase of 277 people (117 more adults and 160 more children) since the last full week of January 2019, when 6,363 adults and 3,624 children were living in emergency accommodation.


RTÉ reports:

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said the increase in homeless numbers is very disappointing and a number of people are at “the very blunt end of the housing difficulties”.

He said the root of the problem lay in the need to build and create new homes.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the minister said more homes were built last year than any previous year in a decade, and approximately 1,700 new homes were created in Dublin last year.

But, he said, it was taking more time than he would like to build new homes.

Rent pressure zones to be strengthened – Murphy (RTE)

Previously: “I’m Aware Of The Fact We’re Above 10,000”

15 thoughts on “An Increase Of 277 To 10,264

  1. diddy

    figures on nonEu immigration anyone? the hills are alive with Latin immigration..good for ibec..not good for EU citizens competing for houses

        1. Andrew

          Music ,food and the gene pool? Any more clichés? It’s people being exploited and illegal immigration and it IS having an effect on rents and accommodation. It suits the better off in society to view it in the clichéd way you both have.
          This type of globalisation seriously impacts on those less well off in our society.

          1. Junkface

            Automation is doing more damage to the working class and middle classes than immigration. Immigration in Ireland is hilariously low compared to most EU countries. Look up the figures. Rents and accommodation are out of control because of lack of building, institutional corruption, vulture funds and land hoarding. Don’t blame immigration.

          2. Andrew

            Look up the figures? What figures? The census, the CSO? Are you serious? people living illegally in a country don’t fill out forms identifying themselves, they just do not. Have you any idea how many Chines people are living here now or Pakistani or Brazilian? You won’t see any reliable figures issued by any government department.
            It demonstrably is being effected by immigration. Walk around Dublin and see for your own eyes. look at the ads advertising bunk beds 6 to a room. Walk in to any shop or restaurants and almost all of the staff will be from elsewhere.
            Pretend it isn’t the case all you like if it demonstrates your ‘right on’ credentials. IBEC and this neo liberal government are delighted with your support.
            People will say sure what’s the harm they are all contributing>? Not at minimum wage they’re not. They won’t be paying tax, all they are doing is filling the rent seekers pockets and driving up rents.

          3. Junkface

            Andrew, do you know how many hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants Ireland would have to have to make such a drastic increase in rent? How many illegal immigrants do you think there are in Ireland? 5,000 or 50,000 or 100,000? At the height of the boom there were 40,000 immigrants from Poland here, but they were legal EU citizens. Do you think we have more Chinese and Brazilians than that?

            Ireland is not Texas, you may be thinking of USA immigration problems. Ireland is an island, it is much harder to come here in the numbers you are thinking. Most immigrants enter Ireland at airports and sea ports.

            Any decent economist will tell you that controlled immigration actually boosts an economy and generally increases the quality of life over time. Ireland does not have out of control immigration at all! Not even close! Ask Greek and Italian people to compare what they have to Ireland.

          4. Diddy

            Wrong… The cost benefit of adding tens of thousands of non EU language students benefits those who seek cheap labour and those who seek slum landlord rents.. They don’t earn enough to pay tax.. Lovely folk and all, but tell that to the EU / Irish citizen competing against them for limited housing.

          5. Nutjobzrere

            Yes it makes them get off their lazy fat botties, upskill and stop looking for handouts

            Also if one of them gets lucky they might even delay the inbreeding for a decade or two

  2. Junkface

    Land hoarding and property hoarding is still rife in Ireland. According to economists like David McWilliams the only real solution is to introduce strict laws that free up the space we need to build new homes on. They had a similar problem in Japan in the 50’s and 60’s I think, they paid hoarders a realistic price for their land or properties and quickly got to work building. Ireland it seems needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century with regards to building apartments and housing.

    1. Col

      High vacant site tax, tied to site value (including long-term empty houses) would surely sort this out?

  3. eoin

    When the political eunuchs in Fianna Fail had an opportunity to jettison Eoghan Murphy a few months back, they sat on their hands.

  4. Dr.Fart MD

    he’s awful at his job, but he’s also up against it because; he’s part of a party where this section is of no importance. They believe in private markets and continue to support that, and as long as they do, this party will neither fix or genuinely care about housing issues for citizens. He should be honest and just say that. No amount of fudged figures and photo ops will make people think the problem is getting any better. He may as well just say this is a result of party policy.

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