More than 6,500 people were accessing emergency accommodation around the country at the end of August.

Around 4,200 adults and 2,300 children used the service nationally.

The 4,248 adults accessing emergency accommodations during the final days of August represents a slight increase on the 4,177 adults using the service in July.

The figures were released by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The majority of people who received emergency accommodation were in Dublin, where some 998 families were homeless last month, according to separate figures released by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.

A large proportion of those accessing emergency accommodation services were aged between 25 and 44 years old.

The Department says that people were mainly put in hotels, B&Bs and other residential facilities.

In addition, the statistics also show that 1,151 families, consisting of 1,543 adults and 2,363 children, were homeless during the final week of August.

The figures were unchanged compared to a month previous.