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124 people homeless in Louth last month

124 people homeless in Louth last month

There were 124 people homeless in Louth at the end of April.

That’s according to new figures from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Their latest Homelessness Report for the period from April 23rd to 29th 2018 shows there were 124 people homeless in Louth during the period in question.

While this is down from 150 in February and from 140 in April 2017, it is up by 70 from the March figure of 54.

The large variation in figures is partially down to a dispute between Louth County Council officials and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy over how the figures are reported.

In March the Minister instructed the local authority not to include over 100 households in the latest homeless figures. He said the council had been “erroneously”  miscategorising people who were living in secure accommodation as homeless.

Louth County Council argued that people placed into hotels and B&Bs and paid for by them should still be classed as homeless while Minister Murphy didn’t want these included.

Sinn Féin accused the Minister of interference saying it was “an absolutely deliberate attempt to reduce the figures by misrepresenting those people’s situations.”

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