8,699 people are now homeless across Ireland, according to the latest government figures.

The Department of Housing says this marks a drop of 177 on the numbers accessing emergency accommodation in May.

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive is also aware of 6 deaths over the past week or so, while another homeless man was found dead in Cork city yesterday.

At the end of the 2nd quarter 62% of individuals had been accessing emergency accommodation for more than six months.

The Dublin region has the highest proportion of adults in emergency accommodation for more than 6 months at 67%, with the West, comprising of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, has the second largest proportion at 61%.

Meanwhile, the North West Region, incorporating Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, has the lowest percentage of adults in emergency accommodation for over 6 months at 31%.

CEO of Dublin Simon Community, Sam McGuinness says it's been a devastating period:


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