Dublin's north east inner city has the highest concentration of homelessness in the country with one unit of emergency accommodation for every 57 residents according to latest statistics.

The figures were released by the city council to justify the continued use of a south city community centre in Dublin 8 as a homeless hostel.

In a report to councillors, Chief Executive Owen Keegan denied there would be an overconcentration of homeless services in Dublin 8 compared to other city areas by the continued use of Carman's Hall centre.

The report revealed that that Dublin 1 which covers the north east inner city had one unit of emergency accommodation per 57 residents involving 500 single adults and 250 families in a general population of 42,754.

This compares to a ratio of one in 82 for Dublin 2 which covers the south city centre, one in 87 for Dublin 7 covering the north west inner city and one in 105 for Dublin 8 the south west inner city including The Liberties.

Overall, the four Dublin city postcodes have around one third of the country's homeless population.

Carman's Hall was first taken over as homeless accommodation under emergency powers in 2016 but the city council was forced to make a planning application following a legal challenge by local residents. 

The council is now looking for a one extension to that permission under a Part 8 application which has to be passed by councillors.

Darragh Reid of the South Inner City Community Development Association (SICCDA) said there is a particular concentration of homeless services in the Liberties area of Dublin 8.

He said the community had "big hearts" and were the first to welcome homeless day care and shelters in the area but claims the government responded by making it a "hotspot" for homeless and addiction services.

A student accommodation facility, the Heyday complex, which is beside the Carman's Hall hostel, made a submission complaining of "threatening and abusive behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse and anti-social behaviour" . 

It stated that extra security was needed "as a minimum".

However, Dublin Simon which runs the hostel said it had a 'Good Neighbour Policy' and had only ten complaints in over two years which were all resolved.

The planning permission is due to be voted on by councillors on Monday.