Between 40 and 50 homeless people die every year in Ireland

Leo Varadkar ‘deeply saddened’ by deaths of two homeless men in Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: “We have more than €8 billion for housing which will allow us to build 3,000 social houses”. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: “We have more than €8 billion for housing which will allow us to build 3,000 social houses”. Photograph: PA

Between 40 and 50 homeless people die every year in Ireland and “each one is a tragedy and very sad”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil.

He said the deaths could be as a result of physical health problems, addiction overdose, mental health issues, suicide or violence and this showed it was “such a complex social issue and is not just a simple matter of providing shelter or housing”.

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