It’s the highest it’s ever been.

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The number of people who are homeless in Ireland has reached an ‘un-imaginable’ level according to a number of charities.

Just under 11,400 people were in emergency accommodation last month.

More than 3,400 are children – an increase of 138 on September.

Wayne Stanley of the Simon Communities of Ireland says it’s the largest increase seen since May 2020 – in the first lockdown.

He said it’s “stark, shocking, and unacceptable.”

“The notion that we would pass 11,000 was unimaginable,” he added.