Local authorities in Bray are to keep a number of public buildings open overnight in the run-up to Christmas in an effort to provide shelter to the homeless.

It follows the death of a homeless man from suspected hypothermia in the town over the weekend.

Paul Doyle, 33, died after spending Friday night sleeping rough outside a Tesco store in Bray.

Tonight, council officials met to discuss the second death of a homeless man in the area in two years.

They have now decided to keep open some buildings where homeless people are known to congregate, allowing them to shelter from the cold.

Officials said the new measures are for those who do not wish to avail of the existing services in the town.

The Simon Community homeless charity has said while a temporary measure is a help, more long-term accommodation is needed.