Rates of child homelessness increased by 55% last year, despite government efforts to tackle the housing crisis, it has emerged.
Rents are now rising at the fastest rate on record as social campaigners warn that “spiralling” costs are forcing people into homelessness.
The Government is being urged to make use of the tens of thousands of empty homes around the country to help end the homeless crisis.
Over 7,000 people are now homeless in Ireland.
The Housing Committee is meeting today to discuss the progress of the Government's strategy for the sector.
Government has been urged to ban the repossession of tens of thousands of homes across the country because at-risk families may not have been given a full breakdown of their rights by Irish courts.
The trade union linked to the Home Sweet Home campaign has defended its failure to use a vacant building it owns to accommodate homeless people.
Home Sweet Home says they're increasingly concerned about the Government's commitment to the deal on Apollo House.
The occupiers of Apollo House will leave once suitable accommodation is available for its homeless residents, they confirmed this evening.
No agreement has been reached between the occupiers of Apollo House and the Housing Minister after almost seven hours of talks.
The group occupying Apollo House in Dublin is calling on the Government to allocate more Nama properties for social housing.
The state's bad-bank Nama said it has delivered 2,378 social houses and apartments amid renewed calls for it to make more property available for the homeless.
The occupiers of Apollo House have agreed to attend a meeting with the Housing Minister tomorrow.
The Department of Finance says it will consider a letter from the occupiers of Apollo House in Dublin.
Homelessness figures reached record highs in 2016.
Sinn Fein has said that providing emergency beds for the homeless is only tackling part of the problem.
Another Nama-owned property in Dublin was taken over by a group of homelessness activists overnight.
Young people on social welfare will be soon be paying less rent.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended the Government's approach to dealing with the homeless crisis.
Housing Minister Simon Coveney said that there were 54 unoccupied beds for homeless people in Dublin last night.