Over 300 people are registered as homeless in Galway, according to the latest Government report.

It shows that homelessness nationally reached another record high in the month of March, with 10,305 people in emergency accommodation.

That includes 6,484 adults and 3,821 children.

The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy concedes that the figures show a slight increase on those recorded in February, when the 10,000 barrier was broken for the first time, but said the Government is continuing to put considerable efforts into preventing people from entering emergency accommodation, while also exiting as many families and individuals from homelessness as possible each month.

The report shows there were 309 people in emergency accommodation in Galway in March.

However, agencies including COPE Galway have previously claimed the figures do not reflect the real extent of the problem as they do not count those sleeping rough, in women's shelters or couch-surfing with family and friends.

 

 

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