The Tánaiste has said he thinks the Government is making progress on housing.

Leo Varadkar said more homes will be built this year than in any year over the last ten.

He added that some areas are going backwards and the anticipation is that the homeless figures will rise again on Friday because the impact of the eviction ban will not be seen for another month or so.

Mr Varadkar said he is a big fan of Housing for All, but just wants to see it implemented and implemented faster - something he said he knows the Taoiseach, Eamon Ryan and [Minister for Housing] Darragh O'Brien all want too.

He said he has no doubt that the Minister O'Brien and his department are seized everyday by the need to take action on housing.

"But other Government departments need to do their bit too," he said.

"Housing is an emergency, it is a crisis, it is a social disaster. But just calling it those things doesn’t build any houses and the role of us in Government is to make sure the plans that we have are implemented and accelerated."

Asked if he would seek a revision of policy when he takes over as Taoiseach, he said he does not want to suggest in any way that Housing for All is not a good plan as he said he is totally behind it.

"But of course we always open to new ideas and new actions that we can take and we’ve done that already," he said.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach has undertaken to examine cases where tenants are facing evictions.

He was responding to serious concerns raised in the Dáil this afternoon by Labour and People Before Profit-Solidarity over the treatment of tenants who are facing no fault evictions.

Labour Party leader Ivana Bacik said that one landlord had claimed that they would suffer "undue hardship" if evictions were blocked, as this could reduce the value of their investment.

The company - which is trying "to take families' homes away from them" - owns properties worth €20 million, she revealed.

Richard Boyd Barrett, Solidarity-People Before Profit TD, pointed to the public gallery, where tenants from Tathony House, St Helens Court and Lower Rathmines Road were in attendance, all of whom are facing no fault evictions.

"The fear, the stress, the anxiety" that they have experienced have forced many to simply move out, he said, and urged Mr Martin to look them "in the eyes" in any response he gave.

"Give them hope, Taoiseach," the deputy appealed.

Jacqueline and her husband have been living for 55 years in the house they are being evicted from, something that she says will put her husband in "an early grave", as he is now "a broken man", the deputy said, reading from a letter.

Stella and her two daughters are living in Bray, and they are set to lose their home and Stella's job too, as she works from home, Mr Boyd Barrett said.

Labour leader Ivana Bacik said that in two cases, landlords were claiming that having tenants in situ would cut any sale price, with one saying it could reduce it by 20%.

Both landlords were using "what can only be described as a legal loophole - 35A of the Residential Tenancies legislation - to take these families' homes away from them," she said.

This tactic was being used by Hazelwood Walk Holding, which owns the properties in Rathmines, she noted, and also by the owners of Tathony House in Kilmainham.

In response, the Taoiseach said "we need to look at the issue you raise and see if anything further can be done."

Mr Martin added that the Government had introduced a ban on evictions until March of 2023.

Additional reporting David Murphy