Buses taking homeless people to shelters during Storm Ophelia

Additional facilities have opened up across the country

Buses taking homeless people to shelters during Storm Ophelia

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy addressing the media at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin | Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Government says homeless people have been taken to several shelters during Storm Ophelia.

The Department of Housing says Housing First teams and local authorities continue to offer shelter to those on the streets, and are transporting people to a range of facilities.

While additional facilities, providing shelter and supports to those who need them, have opened up across the country.

Notices have also been posted in relation to the extra facilities, cafés and emergency beds that are available in the system.

There have been over 100 calls to the emergency lines and to the rough sleeper e-mail address from concerned members of the public in relation to homeless individuals.

The department says these have all been followed up on.

It says there are buses in the Dublin area picking up homeless people and bringing them indoors to safety.

Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) have also sourced an additional 200 emergency bed spaces in the Dublin area.

They have also confirmed that there is enough capacity in the system to meet the needs of all who wish to receive shelter.

In the case of homeless families in hotels, the DRHE has advised that hotels are providing food to those families - so that they do not need to leave their accommodation.

Outside of Dublin, homeless individuals and rough sleepers are being transported to facilities using taxi or local authority minibus services.

Local authorities and NGOs are working on the streets in Limerick, Cork, Galway, Meath, Kildare, Louth and Wicklow.

Minister Eoghan Murphy said he will continue to keep matters under review.

Members of the public are being asked to report any homeless case or individual that they have concerns about to their local authority.

In Dublin, members of the public can log and report cases of concern.

Three people have been killed in separate incidents as the storm made its way across the country.