The latest homeless figures have decreased for the second month in a row.

According to the Department of Housing, there were 10,173 adults and children in emergency accommodation in June.

That is a drop of 81 on May and 206 since April.

The April figure of 10,378 was the highest ever recorded and followed the numbers exceeding 10,000 for the first time in the previous month.

The latest statistics show there were seven fewer adults and 74 fewer children homeless in June compared to May,

Sam McGuinness of Dublin Simon said a lot of people will be pleased to see the numbers "flatlining or dipping".

He pointed out the homeless numbers had increased by under 2% in the first six months of this year compared to over  8% for the same period last year.

However, according to Dublin Simon, the number of single homeless adults in the capital is up slightly by 27.

Focus Ireland has called for the Government to urgently review its policies to tackle the homelessness crisis.