According to the Dublin Simon Community 36 million euro was directed for services in 2008 compared with 32.6m euro now.

The agency said there has only been a slight increase in budgets since 2014 while the level of homelessness in the capital has soared by 170%.

Dublin Simon also warned that virtually everyone in its emergency accommodation services last year was classed as long-term homeless – in need of a bed for more than six months.

And it said that their length of stay has grown by a third in a year.

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