The government is to convene a special forum on homelessness on Thursday this week. It follows the death of Jonathan Corrie (43) on Molesworth Street in Dublin yesterday.
Earlier, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, called for a summit of political, business and other leaders to deal with the crisis of homelessness in Dublin.
He has issued a statement in response to the death of Mr Corrie.
Archbishop Martin has expressed concern about the divide that sees 'rejoicing at increased spending' in the run up to Christmas, and the rising number of homeless and hungry people in the city.
Jonathan Corrie was found dead on these steps on Molesworth Street | Image: Photocall
Speaking to Pat Kenny this morning, he said he is looking at opening a 'substantial' diocesan property to house homeless people.
He revealed he has asked his staff to work with authorities to see if the building is suitable.
Archbishop Martin says the real long-term solution to homelessness is new social housing - but in the meantime, he is taking steps in his own area:
Newstalk Lunchtime's Nadine Maloney went to De Paul homeless shelter in Dublin to speak to homeless people about their experiences living on the streets.
Meanwhile, a candlelit vigil will be held outside the Dail later to remember Mr Corrie.
He was discovered in a doorway on Molesworth Street in Dublin at around 8am yesterday morning.
The Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has welcomed the comments from Archbishop Martin, and said the man's death was "beyond a tragedy":
While the Environment Minister Alan Kelly has said this is part of a wider societal issue: