Fianna Fail have criticised the government for their "hands off approach" to dealing with the homelessness crisis.
New figures from the Department of the Environment show that the number of homeless families in Ireland rose by 76% in the last year.
Fianna Fail say that the government have sat by without action all summer while families have been forced out of their homes.
Their Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen says that the figures are stark viewing: "They are quite shocking but not very alarming.
"It reflects what we’ve been seeing on the ground in the last 12 or 18 months and we’ve been calling for various measures to be taken to address, but unfortunately no measures have been forthcoming.
"I hear today that the Taoiseach is meeting the Minister for the Environment. The time for action is now."