• 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.

  • The St. Vincent de Paul says the detrimental impact of homelessness on children and families can no longer be ignored.

    It says the upcoming Papal visit will bring to the fore how the use of hotels to meet homeless families' needs is entirely inappropriate.

    It's reacting to the news a homeless mother and her children spent a night in Tallaght Garda station as they had nowhere else to go.

  • A Galway charity is appealing to private property owners to help with the homeless problem.

    A one-day census by COPE Galway has found 174 households from across the city and county living in emergency accommodation - which is a 20 percent increase on last year.

    COPE's Martin O'Connor says they're looking for housing units that could be used to provide extra accommodation.