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Listen: Barnardos Says Child Homelessness Increased By 55% In 2016.

: 02/16/2017 - 10:31

The number of homeless children in Ireland increased by 55 per cent last year.

The latest report from Barnardos aims to highlight the stories of some of the 2,500 children who were homeless in December.

Kildare, Wicklow & Meath form the Mid-East Region, where, in December, there were 28 families and 75 children living in emergency accommodation.

It's calling on the government to fully implement the Rebuilding Ireland plan and to be more responsive to children who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Head of Advocacy June Tinsley, says living in emergency accommodation is detrimental to the development of young people:

10tinsley-homeless-alt2-clip-ng.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett


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