Call to check on elderly
Age Action Ireland has urged communities to check in on the elderly as temperatures plummet.
"The cold can kill and does kill in Ireland. Between 1,500 and 2,000 excess deaths occur in Ireland during the winter," said the charity's Eamon Timmins.
He asked communities to visit the elderly in the coming days "to ensure they do not have to venture out for provisions such as food, fuel or medical supplies".