Push for eviction ban to be extended as number of homeless hits new high

Chief executive of Depaul says continuing the eviction ban beyond the end of March is necessary to ease the pressure on housing services

A rough sleeper near the Grand Canal in Dublin. Picture: Dublin

A leading charity has called for the eviction ban to be extended after new figures showed that nearly 3,500 children accessed emergency accommodation in the week before Christmas as homelessness spiralled to record levels.

David Carroll, chief executive of Depaul, said the country was approaching a “critical time” for homelessness, and said extending the eviction ban beyond its current end date of March 31 would give “breathing space” to those who have been served with ...