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'This is just a drop in the ocean': Pictures show rats and mould in emergency accommodation

Photographs were sent by a mother who lives with her children in the Dublin accommodation.

A HOMELESS SUPPORT organisation has released photos and videos to highlight the poor state of emergency accommodation.

The videos and images, supplied by the families show rats running into holes in the wall, as well as serious dampness and mould on walls and ceilings.

The photographs below were sent by a mother who lives with her children in Dublin in a room with damp walls, fungus on ceilings and leaks in a boiler closet.

Dublin 3 Source: ICHHDUBLIN/Twitter

The photos were sent to the not-for-profit organisation Inner City Helping Homeless Dublin (ICHH Dublin).

Anthony Flynn, CEO of ICHH Dublin said that they had asked people to send in images of poor conditions to highlight that the issue is there and demand a review.

“The department and homeless executive believe that these problems do not exist so we will show that they do and that the service providers who are paid a lot of money need to be regulated.

Dublin 1 Source: ICHHDUBLIN/Twitter

These facilities are paid extraordinary amounts in order to to provide emergency accommodation to the those who are homeless and no person particularly children should have to stay in a unit such as this.

Flynn reiterated calls for a full review of homeless services and the standards of living in units, as well as questioning the regulation and inspection of homeless services.

Dublin 2 Source: ICHHDUBLIN/Twitter

Concerns over the quality of emergency accommodation were raised repeatedly during the Apollo House occupation, with reports of unclean living conditions and a lack of privacy.

“This is just a drop in the ocean – there is more to come,” Flynn said.

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