Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has faced a barrage of criticism from opposition TDs in the Dáil following the publication of a report into homeless children living in family hubs.

Mr Murphy said he will take on board the recommendations in the Ombudsman for Children's Office report into family hubs.

"Family hubs are a more appropriate first response than hotels, however they must be run to the highest possible standards and they must remain a temporary response for families living in them," the minister said.

He said that his department is already moving on some of the priorities identified in the report.

"Notably we have recently issued some instructions to local authorities about the extension of the national quality standard framework for homeless services, which has been fully implemented in Dublin."

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Mr Murphy said that 27 family hubs have opened since 2017 offering 650 spaces of accommodation in key urban areas where the issue of family homelessness is most pressing.

"Family hubs have been shown to not only provide more suitable accommodation for families experiencing homelessness, but also have been proven to allow families exit emergency accommodation far more quickly than would be the case if they were staying in a hotel or a B&B," he said.

He said that these facilities are not intended to be seen as a housing solution and the Government's fundamental objective remains to provide homes for the families concerned.

Speaking during the Dáil debate on youth homelessness, Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey said: "The Government spin machine believes that a 101% increase in child homelessness and an 87% increase in family homelessness is acceptable."

He said today's report, which gives witness to lived experience of homelessness by children living in family hubs, should be read by every TD and Cabinet minister.

"The No Place Like Home report should be seared into every policy influencer in Ireland. On a day that we are considering history's place in our school curriculum, this report is a living historical record of the shameful failures of the Government's response to family homelessness," he said.

Mr Casey said that everybody in the Dáil should feel shamed and embarrassed.

If Government policies are not working, they need to be replaced immediately, he said.

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoighaire acknowledged family hubs are preferable to what was there beforehand, but the difficulty is when they become a long-term solution for people.

His party colleague Kathleen Funchion added: "As a society we have completely failed when young people are describing their living arrangements as being in prison."

Labour TD Jan O'Sullivan said thousands of children will be left with "psychological scars" into adulthood after living in such circumstances.

She called on the Government to reflect on its policy position after what has emerged in the report.