The Lord Mayor of Dublin has announced that 80 new beds will be provided by homeless services in Dublin city in the next week.

Christy Burke told RTÉ's News At One that these beds will be provided on a long-term basis and that additional support services would be made available to the recipients.

Mr Burke said further beds will be provided in the future.

The 80 extra beds promised in Dublin will be in emergency shelters.

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive said they are in addition to the nearly 1,400 beds currently available.

It are also negotiating with the Dublin local authorities for 70 units to be made available for families.

The executive has 143 families living in hotels because there is no suitable emergency accommodation.

Mr Burke said that the city council has promised progress reports on getting 200 so called "voids", local authority housing that is empty or substandard, back into use by the end of the year.