The number of homeless people living in emergency accommodation in Ireland increased last month.

The latest figures show a total of 9,698 people were living in emergency accommodation in September.

This is 171 more people than the previous month, involving 35 adults and 136 children.

However, Minister for Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said that new family presentations in Dublin are down for the second month in a row.

He said 119 families were prevented from entering emergency accommodation, while another 45 families were housed.

A total of 1,606 people were controversially "reclassified" and taken off the homeless list between March and August on the basis that they were in temporary or supported housing provided by local authorities or housing bodies.

Mr Murphy said the country is still in the midst of a housing crisis and more effort and emergency responses are needed.

He said "regulation of the short-term rental market as well as greater protections for tenants, both of which are imminent, will also play an important role in making better progress."

The chief executive of homeless charity Depaul said the rise in the number of single adults using emergency accommodation is concerning.

In a statement, Kerry Anthony said "this cohort of homeless individuals find it most difficult to move on once they have entered homelessness."

"From our work with this group we know the reason for this is there currently is a severe lack of move-on options for single homeless people," she said.