The situation has arisen from a shortage of emergency accommodation

Pictures have been circulating online of six children, aged from one to eleven, and their mother who were forced to sleep on chairs at a Dublin Garda station as they were unable to find emergency accommodation.

It is another indication of the severity of Ireland's homeless crisis.

Anthony Flynn, CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless, says the woman in question and her children have been in this situation for nearly a year - and they are just one of 48 homeless families who have been referred to Garda stations in the last month.

"Ten families were refused emergency accommodation last night as there were no hotels or B&Bs available, and there were 16 children who slept in Garda stations in Dublin last night."

Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing, says the situation is "an absolute scandal", but also "entirely predictable."

Not enough is being done to prevent families from entering into homelessness, and families aren't being moved out of emergency accommodation quick enough."

He says the government is not being aggressive enough in tackling the problem.

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