Almost 200 homeless people were put up in emergency accommodation last night across Dublin and Kildare in what a charity described as its largest single mobilisation.
As temperatures plummeted to -5C overnight, the number of beds in the south-inner city and Kildare were increased to deal with the unprecedented demand.
One unit, funded by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) and run by the Peter McVerry Trust, was set up in St Catherine’s Sports Centre on Marrowbone Lane earlier this week.
It has helped scores of homeless, half of whom had not presented to services before.
The services were further extended yesterday with the Peter McVerry Trust announcing that it would be laying on 173 beds, including 120 in the sports hall.
A further 53 have been introduced in other existing Peter McVerry Trust services across Dublin and Kildare. The charity reported that around 30 rough sleepers had declined emergency accommodation in Dublin and Kildare despite the treacherous conditions. Former Lord Mayor Christy Burke praised the work being done by charities.
Meanwhile, workers from Inner City Helping Homeless have also been working round the clock.
CEO Anthony Flynn said: “We still have grave concerns for anybody sleeping rough around the city.”