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Figures Show Rise In Homeless Figures Across Wicklow, Nationwide Total Reaches Record High

A record number of people are registered as homeless in Ireland, for the seventh month in a row.

Figures from the Department of Housing show 53 people in Wicklow were among over 11,700 nationwide accessing services in emergency accommodation in January.

The total for January is 28 per cent higher than a year ago, and 41 per cent up on two years ago.

11,754 people were registered as homeless last month and accessing emergency accommodation.

It includes 3,431 children - which is the highest number of children growing up in B&Bs and hotels in almost three years.

Dublin makes up 72 per cent of the national figure where there's a total of 8,523 people homeless - including 2,577 children.

Housing charity Focus Ireland has called on the Government to extend the eviction ban which is due to lifted from the end of next month.

The figures released by the Department of Housing do not include refugees, asylum seekers, women in refuge centres, the hidden homeless, or rough sleepers.

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