A charity that works with older people says they come across cases of hoarding two to three times a week.

It comes after a man in his 70s was rescued by Dublin firefighters after becoming trapped under belongings and rubbish in his home.

The pensioner was stuck for 14 hours, according to the Irish Times.

CEO of Alone, Seán Moynihan, has praised the fire brigade for highlighting the condition:

“We come across two or three cases a week of different levels of it. We’d usually get involved when it gets to a point where a person can’t really live in their house anymore”.

There’s been plenty of support for DFB’s highlighting of the issue on social media also.