Extra homelessness capacity ahead of cold snap in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts



Extra homelessness capacity ahead of cold snap in Limerick

Homelessness services will open for longer during the impending cold snap

AS Limerick braces itself for severe weather in the coming days, steps are being taken to ensure no rough sleeper has to bear sub-zero temperatures.

Limerick City and County Council’s severe weather assessment team is set to meet early tomorrow to discuss its plan of action as the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ arrives on these shores.

With temperatures expected to fall well below freezing, it is anticipated that the local authority will keep all of its homeless shelters open for extended periods of time to ensure no-one is left cold.

It’s also expected a decision will be taken at tomorrow’s group meeting on the allocation of extra beds.

Met Éireann has put in place a national weather warning until Saturday evening, with “exceptionally cold weather”, including snow, expected in Limerick and across Ireland.

Meanwhile, Environment Minister Eoghan Murphy will, at a national level, convene the National Emergency Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather to discuss contingency plans for the severe weather.