Monday 22 July 2019

As temperatures plunged three rough sleepers declined accommodation

Winter weather Feb 28th 2018
Winter weather Feb 28th 2018
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Three people sleeping rough on the streets of the capital as temperatures plummeted overnight declined offers of accommodation.

Emergency beds are in place organised by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and the Peter McVerry Trust.

Some 81 people were accommodated at a sport centre in the south inner city on Tuesday night as snow of between 10 and 16cm fell on the east coast.

Temperatures dipped as low as -4C in places as the Arctic front arrived in Ireland.

Outreach workers engaged a number of people sleeping rough and while three of them accepted supports, they declined the offer of accommodation.

The spike in demand for services was not only confined to the city centre however.

In Kildare a helpline run by the local council and the Peter McVerry Trust received 14 calls overnight.

One person needed advice and information and 13 people were accommodated within our servcies.

In a statement a spokesman for the trust thanked both the gardaí and the army for their help.

"The gardaí assisted with transport for three people to our services late last night and one person was transported from by the army at 2am last night from the Curragh area.

"As Kildare County Council offices have been closed the Peter McVerry Trust freephone number is now operational all the time on 1800 804 307."

A number of additional beds have been brought on stream to avoid anyone being forced to sleep rough as the weather deteriorates over the coming days.

Homelessness charity Depaul has put provisions in place to keep more than 200 emergency one night only beds open 24hrs a day during the severe weather forecast for this week.

Brú Aimsir, Little Britain Street, Mount Brown and Blessington Street will remain open 24 hrs until Sunday.

Depaul management and staff have agreed to work additional shifts and have made provisions to extend its opening hours and have put in place emergency plans ahead of the extreme weather warning so that as many people as possible can be kept inside and out of the dangerous weather conditions.

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