Almost 60 percent of children placed in emergency accommodation in Dublin are living in hotels and B&Bs, according to children's charity Barnardos.


The charity continues to raise awareness that children living in these conditions are still at a critically high level.


Barnardos also highlighted the commitment made by the Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney a year ago.


Minister Coveney had promised the end of hotels and B&Bs being used as temporary accommodation for families by July 2017, with the exception being made for those in very limited circumstances. 



Fergus Finlay, CEO, Barnardos said: “Minister Coveney promised to end the use of hotels and B&Bs for families experiencing homelessness by July 2017.


"One year on it is beyond demoralising to think almost 4,000 children are living in emergency accommodation, so many of which are in hotels and B&Bs.


"Barnardos is delivering a petition with over 4,000 signatures to the Government calling for no child to spend more than six months in emergency accommodation – and for a longterm solution to be provided."



Dublin City Council figures for April 2018 show 791 families and 1,651 children are living in hotels and B&Bs in Dublin exclusively.


Speaking about the reality for these children, Mr Finlay said:


"Life in emergency accommodation is filled with uncertainty, insecurity and strife. While family hubs at least offer a more appropriate setting for children, it is clear now the likely majority of children continue to be accommodated in hotels and B&Bs."


"This is wildly unsuitable accommodation – offering no semblance of a stable home environment. Families live out of suitcases, having given away or stored many of their belongings, never settling, always aware that they may have to move on,” he said.