Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has said that the numbers in relation to homelessness “are going in the wrong direction”.
It emerged on Wednesday that the number of homeless people in Ireland had broken the 10,000 mark for the first time, with nearly 4,000 children among those living in emergency accommodation.
Ms Zappone was in Tallaght, south Dublin, yesterday to launch a new report, called ‘Many Hearts, No Homes, Voices from the Frontline of Homelessness’, which saw participants using photographs to describe their experiences.
Ms Zappone said “the numbers are going in the wrong direction, and I acknowledge that”.
She said that she would bring the new report by Dr Maria Quinlan and Patrick Bolger, which contains short and longer-term recommendations, to the Cabinet table next Tuesday, to put before colleagues.