By Gordon Deegan
A hotel in Dublin was paid between € 4 million and € 5 million last year to accommodate the growing number of homeless people in the capital.
New numbers that were released in response to an information request with a hotel that received between 4 and 5 million euros, received another hotel payments between 2 and 3 million euros.
Figures published by the Dublin Regional Homelessness Administration (DRHE) show that another 11 hotels received between 1 and 2 million euros, another 13 hotels receive payments between 500,000 and 1 million euros
Another 124 hotels and pensions received payments of up to € 500,000 in 2017.
Last In 2006, the Dublin City Council's total expenditure was € 46.93 million, an increase of 20.5% over the € 38.94 million paid in 2016.
In addition, the City Council paid € 12.3 million in youth hostels and pensions.
The numbers also show that last year, despite a com After Tánaiste, Simon Coveney in his role as Minister of Housing, had completed the use of hotels to house homeless people by the end of July, the number of homeless shelters increased in 2017.
The numbers show that last December 70 hotels around the capital were used to house the homeless and this was an increase The number of homeless families living in shelters in Dublin rose from 1,028 at the end of 2016 to 1,121 at the end of last year, with the number of children rising from 2,096 to 2,385 rose.
The latest figures for February show that the number of homeless families living in temporary shelters in the capital has grown to 1,329, including 2,801 children.
The figures also show that as part of the government's initiative to create In 2017, the municipal council spent 8.75 million euros on the hubs.
The Family Centers are homeless homeless groups for families and have been launched over the last 16 months as a measure to reduce the number of families for long periods in hotels.
In an RTÉ radio interview this week, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said: "Hotels are not a suitable place for families staying in shelters.
He said that's why the government introduced the Family Hub program, saying, "We have many more hubs to get families out of hotels. More than 2,000 families were removed from hotels last year, which is an enormous amount of work.
He said the majority of these families had gone to homes.
A detailed breakdown of spending shows 1.5 million euros was paid in 2017 to Focus Onsite Support for the largest family center in the Townhouse on Dublin's Gardiner Street. In total, Focus Onsite received support for the operation of five family centers at Bram Stoker, Clontarf, totaling € 4.92 million.Sunnybank, Viking Lodge D8, Abberly, Tallaght and the Townhouse
Overall, the council has last Year 97.48 million euros spent on emergency accommodation, including a large proportion of non-profit organizations such as the Peter McVerry Trust, Dublin Simon, Focus Ireland, Crosscare and the De Paul Trust
The DRHE upcoming return for 2017 also show the Council spent € 819,072 on a homeless helpline later in the year.
On hotel expenses, independent member of the Dublin City Counci l Mannix Flynn said, "The expenses are outrageous, but it's not surprising. Hotels can ask for a premium rate as there is a huge demand for hotel rooms in Dublin.