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Strengths of rent to be strengthened



Housing Minister Evan Murphy has said that homeless numbers are stark and the number of people at "an incredible end of housing difficulties" is growing.

He said the root problem was the need to build and create new homes.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the minister said that more homes were built last year in ten years, and around 1,700 new homes were created in Dublin last year.

But, he said, it took longer than it was to build new houses.

Focus Ireland has said that landlords are juggling families for selling the same reason as being homeless in a family.

Mr Murphy said the government could not remove the owner of a private home who wished to sell the house to house tenants.

He said the rent weight zones are to be strengthened because certain parts of themselves that deliver themselves are at a higher level.

Homeless numbers have exceeded 10,000 for the first time by 10,264 people, including 3,784 children, in last year's emergency accommodation.


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Labour's housing spokesman Jan O Sullivan said the Government needed to admit that Re-Building Ireland must fail and nothing will change until this happens.

She says the policy is three years old and there are still more than 10,000 people living in disaster.

Ms Sullivan called for the Government to do something to make sure people can live in their homes and to meet social and affordable housing targets.

A charity based in Galway says that survey results show the latest figures for homeless people.

COPE Galway produced a one-day account of people engaged with his service on 14th and 15th March.

This photograph shows that 174 households were in emergency accommodation provided by the charity in this 24 hour period. The numbers include families, couples and single people.

89 families were allocated emergency accommodation at night, with 79 single people also helped.

Martin O 'Connor of COPE Galway said it was important to say that the people sleeping outside or "surf surfing" did not bring in the national homeless figures.


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