Record Homeless Numbers An “Appalling Indictment On Society” – Midwest Simon

Record homeless numbers have been described by Midwest Simon as an appalling indictment on society.

Figures from the Department of Housing show the numbers living in emergency accommodation across the country have surpassed 10,000 for the first time.

In Clare, there were 70 homeless adults last month and 136 children without a permanent roof over their head across Clare and Limerick.


Homeless campaigners have criticised the Government as a result, but Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy says he hopes to bring new measures to cabinet next week to deal with the housing crisis.

Midwest Simon’s Housing Support Team Leader has described the rising figures as extremely worrying.

Tracey Reddy has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that they want to see incentives for landlords and extended rent pressure zones among the measures announced by Government:

Meanwhile, Killaloe remains the most expensive place in Clare to rent.

The Residential Tenancies Board ‘Rent Index’ shows the cost of renting a home in the county dropped in the last quarter of 2018, with the average monthly rent amounting to €628 between October and December, down from €642.

In Killaloe, the cost was considerably higher at €799, Shannon was the second highest at €787, in Ennis renters were forking out €748 on average every month and in West Clare €563.