A volunteer group, set up to help the homeless in Dublin, has said a record 154 people slept rough on the streets of the capital last night.

Inner City Helping Homeless said the figures were recorded by four of the organisation's outreach teams covering both north and south inner areas of the city.

ICHH said it also recorded 118 people sleeping rough in Dublin on Wednesday night.

The group has called for urgent intervention from the Government to tackle the problem of homelessness in the city.

ICHH Director Anthony Flynn said: "We no longer need promises we need direct action to solve the problem.

"We need investment in long term housing units for rough sleepers rather than short term beds that are clearly over stretched."