Mandate members in Castlebar will be sleeping out in the county town tonight, to highlight the housing and homeless crisis.

Recent Department of Housing figures show there are over 500 people in emergency accommodation in the West of Ireland, including 200 children, while nationally, over 10,000 people are living in emergency accommodation.

Mandate members in Castlebar have decided to spend one night under the stars to highlight the need for immediate action on this issue, and will be setting up Camp Mandate at Market Square from 2pm this afternoon until 8am tomorrow morning.

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