There is an urgent need for more women-only accommodation, according to the homeless charity Depaul.

25% of the charity's service users last year were women, according to its latest annual report and 297 of those were single women.

In 2021, more than 2,800 adults and 822 children were supported through its five service areas, which include Prevention, Families and Young People, High Support Accommodation, Health and Rehabilitation, and Housing.

The charity has pointed out that there are currently more than 10,568 people homeless in Ireland and 8,120 in Northern Ireland.

It has noted that the figures are "largely driven" by people priced out of the rental market with nowhere to go.

Depaul has called for more single-unit accommodation options to accommodate the growing number of single people who are becoming homeless.

CEO of Depaul David Carroll said the charity could not respond on its own to one of the worst homelessness crises seen in recent years and has called for "urgent action".

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Carroll said that last year was a monumental one, with indications that there is a slowdown in the charity's ability to move people into longer-term accommodation.

He called for specific measures in Budget 2023 to help those in need in order to "turn off that tap as best we can".