Updated: 19/01/18 : 07:14:16
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8% drop for families in emergency accommodation

There has been an 8% drop in the number of families in emergency accommodation.

Department of Housing figures for December show there were 1,408 homeless families, down 122 on the November figures.

The total number of homeless adults fell by 16 last month, while the number of children dropped by 254.

However, Roughan MacNamara from Focus Ireland says the reduction follows a major increase during 2017.

He said: "We would warn that the annual stats are showing a 17% increase in the number of families that became homeless in the klast year.

"While we don't want to be negative, we'd also urge caution, we'd need to be realistic, and say that I think these figures have ebeen recorded there has traditionally always been a drop in December and sadly a sharp rise again in January."