A total of 12 homeless families with 30 children were sent to sleep in Garda Stations across Dublin on Tuesday night because there was no emergency accommodation available, according to reports.

Three families who were recently evicted from their homes went to Store Street Garda station but later chose to sleep rough in a nearby park, Dublin Live report .

Is is understood other families were directed to Pearse Street and Clondalkin stations.

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Charity workers in the city say they've recorded the highest ever number of rough sleepers.

Inner City Helping Homeless found a huge 173 people sleeping rough on Tuesday night - this included 38 women and two children.

It's believed all 12 of the families were already homeless and "self-accommodating" by seeking a place to stay night-by-night at hostels and hotels - but on Tuesday a number of emergency beds in homeless hostels were also full.

Focus Ireland said that a number of homeless families presented at its coffee shop on Eustace Street on Tuesday looking for help in finding accommodation.

The homeless charity's director of advocacy Mike Ross told the Irish Times: “What happened on Tuesday night is unprecedented and shocking.

"We have been triggering the emergency beds for families, in adult hostels increasingly, since January and nightly through April.

"Now we are coming into the tourism season and hotels are less likely to make beds available to homeless families."

Meanwhile, The Kilkenny Journal spoke to 70-year-old Edwin Curry who is sleeping in the reception area of Kilkenny Garda station. While he was away in prison for seven and a half years, he told us,  his house on the Kells Road became derelict, rat-invested, filthy, inhabited by winos, thus unfit for human habitation  and finally boarded up by the Council . And people led by taxi driver Karl Fitzpatrick were helping another homeless man kipping down by the river with bed clothes, tea , sandwiches and soup. 

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