They were offered help

30 people slept rough during the freezing conditions in Dublin last night.

The Peter McVerry Trust says that the individuals were offered help but refused beds.

The rough sleeping team did manage to encourage a number of people to come in off the streets.

The homeless charity had 106 beds allocated at a sports centre in south Dublin last night, an increase on 81 on the previous night.

People are being encouraged to report rough sleepers to their local authority or on or vall Inner City Helping Homeless on either 01-8881804 or 085-8389281.