The number of homeless people in Co Mayo is continuing to rise, and 2018 could see an increase of 40% on last year.

In the first ten months of this year, 224 people presented as homeless to Mayo County Council - including 173 adults and 51 children.

The figures were revealed at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council's Strategic Policy Committee on Housing.

Cathaoirleach of the Housing SPC Councillor Gerry Ginty says this is a direct result of a lack of social housing being built in Mayo and across the country in recent years.

He's appealing to the public not to oppose plans for social housing developments - citing an example in Ballina where Mayo Co Co is planning to build a 54-unit social housing development at a site on the Foxford Road, but Councillor Ginty says there's considerable opposition to the plan from existing residents in the area and a number of councillors.

Councillor Ginty says there are currently over 2,000 people on the housing list in Co Mayo, and every effort should be made to give people a roof over their heads.

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