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The highest numbers of rough sleepers in Dublin was recorded on 7th November with 184 people found on the streets that night, this compares with previous figures of 168 recorded in the winter of 2014.

The rough sleeper figures have increased despite the provision of 241 extra beds since last year with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy announcing a further 202 beds as part of the cold weather initiative.

The minister for housing has said that all of the beds will be in place by 18th December with The Peter McVerry Trust calling for a greater emphasis to be placed on providing homes for single people in homelessness.

 

A search is underway for a missing fisherman in Galway Bay after an alarm was raised yesterday evening when a fishing boat left the docks in Galway city and did not return.

The boat left the docks around 3pm and it is believed that one man was on board at the time, the Aran Lifeboat was dispatched to the area and recovered the boat last night but no one was on board.

The Coastguard helicopter and lifeboat crews have resumed a search of the area this morning.

 

A verdict of the Buncranca Pier tragedy is due today after five members of the one family were killed in the incident.

The victims were between the ages of 49 and 8 years old and daughter Rioghnach-Ann was the only survivor after being passed out of the window to a man had dived into help them.

Yesterday the inquest heard Mr. McGrotty was more than three times over the legal limit and concerns were raised over the level of algae on the slipway at the time with a witness describing it as slippy as ice.

 

The jury will come to a verdict later today and can make recommendations. 

 

WEATHER

Cold today we will have a very breezy and showery morning with some hail, the showers will die down this afternoon with some bright sunny spells. Highest temperatures 7 to 8 degrees.