A Kerry TD has described the increase in homelessness in Kerry as ‘frightening.’
Sinn Féin deputy, Martin Ferris, said five homeless people have presented at his constituency office in the past week alone.
He says there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of people becoming homeless in the county in recent times which he says is an indictment of the government.
However, Kerry County Council says there’s been no general increase or decrease in the number of those homeless.
It said last week 38 people -including eight children – were in emergency homeless accommodation.
Sinn Féin has called for the introduction of rent controls as well as the provision of more social housing as part of a programme to deal with homelessness.
Deputy Ferris says the matter isn’t getting the attention it requires: