The number of people sleeping rough on Dublin streets has increased by almost half in the last six months, according to new information from a homeless agency.
There were at least 87 people counted sleeping rough on the streets of the capital on one night earlier this month. A similar count in April of this year found 60 people sleeping on the streets.
The November count, which took place on the night of 9 November, was conducted by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE), the state agency which oversees the tackling of homelessness across Dublin.
It is the second year in a row that there’s been a significant rise in the numbers of people sleeping on the streets of the capital. Similar surveys in 2010 and 2009 found 70 people and 60 people respectively.
Cathal Morgan, the head of DRHE, described the trend as “extremely disappointing”.
Morgan stressed that Dublin homeless agencies are fully prepared to deal with a cold snap similar to last year’s should it arise, saying that it is an “absolute commitment” of the Dublin local authorities to ensure that accommodation will be available to homeless people if the inclement weather returns.