Updated: 10/01/17 : 06:03:54
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Campaigners agree to vacate Apollo House

Homeless campaigners who have taken over the Apollo House building in central Dublin have said they will vacate the building following assurances that the 40 homeless residents will get accommodation.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said tackling homelessness remains a top priority of the Government.

RTÉ reports that the Home Sweet Home group behind the campaign said they have secured two new homeless hostels at the cost of over €4m and these will include improvements such as residents having their own keys, the provision of private rooms and facilities for couples.

They plan to continue their campaign in particular with a legal challenge claiming the Constitution contains a right to housing.

In a statement Mr Coveney said that during negotiations he repeated that there is enough emergency accommodation to meet current demand.

However, two new facilities will be opened in Dublin over the next couple of months to meet any further increase.

He also restated the Government's commitment to end emergency hotel accommodation for families by the middle of the year.