Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has told the Dáil that the latest homeless figures show an increase of 57 adults and 137 children and other dependents accessing emergency accommodation nationally.
The number of families accessing emergency accommodation in Dublin fell by 13, but there was an increase in children and other dependents due to a small number of new families with a large number of children.
Mr Murphy said this was the second month in a row that this has happened and it is "deeply worrying."
As of May, there are 1,724 families with 3,826 children and other dependents in emergency accommodation.
The minister said the figures did not present a single picture of upward trend for the whole country.
Housing Minister @MurphyEoghan reveals latest homeless figures. He says it is "deeply worrying" that the number of homeless children has increased for the 2nd month in a row. Figs show increase of 57 adults & 137 children accessing emergency accommodation nationally. pic.twitter.com/r0aHP48JgR— RTÉ Politics (@rtepolitics) June 28, 2018
Sinn Féin's housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said he was ashamed to be a member of the Dáil after what he described as "the single most dramatic increase in child homelessness".
He said an increasing number of working families are presenting with notices to quit, and are unable to find alternative private rental accommodation.
Deputy Ó Broin said child homeless is now up 80% since the Governent came into office.
He asked the minister how it was possible that he could refer to progress, given the scale of the issue.
He told Mr Murphy that he should be ashamed, and that his plan is not working.
The Labour Party's housing spokesperson Jan O'Sullivan described the figures as "truly shocking." She said the situation was "absolutely urgent" and called for a focus to avoid the figures climbing higher next month.
Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett warned that the situation would get worse unless action is taken.
"The misery of these families and the children is the flip side of the coin of the extortionate, greed driven profiteering of vulture funds and landlords that your policies have facilitated," Mr Boyd Barrett told Minister Murphy.
Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy said the children affected would inevitably suffer from exclusion.
She praised organisations helping the homeless, but said they were "scratching the surface". She said that children were missing important milestones.
Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey said that over 3,000 children are now homeless in a "so-called Republic of Opportunity". He added that the figures did not include the hidden homeless.
Concluding statements on child homeless, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said the constant debates in the Dáil indicate the total commitment of all members to try and find a solution.
But he said he remained to be convinced that the level of priority exists at local authority level.
Barnardos has called on the Government to acknowledge that current policies are not working as child homeless figures continue to rise.
In a statement, the charity said that thousands of children will spend the summer in hubs, hotels and bed and breakfasts without the sense of routine, distraction and normality that is provided by school.
Barnardos said t is a tragedy that the summer holidays of almost 4,000 children will be tarnished forever by their experience of homelessness.