A homeless man who sought refuge in the parochial house in the Limerick suburb of Raheen over the last two nights was found dead in the house this morning.

His death is not suspicious and it's understood he died of natural causes.

The man, aged in his 40s, had been a 'man of the road' for many years and had stayed in the parochial house before. 

It's understood he had also availed of hostel accommodation in Limerick and had stayed with others who had offered him refuge in Co Limerick over the years.

Elsewhere, the CEO of the Fr Peter McVerry Trust has said measures introduced to address the homeless crisis are already having an impact.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Pat Doyle said there were fewer people on the streets of Dublin once the new beds came on stream last week.

Mr Doyle was speaking following the announcement that two new homeless services, which will be run by the Trust, have opened in Dublin and Kildare.

A new 36-bed unit in Dublin's south inner city will provide accommodation for men and couples for up to six months.

The charity has also opened its first 14-bed unit in Newbridge, Co Kildare, which will provide accommodation to both men and women for up to six months.

Mr Doyle also said a number of people were offered beds in Dublin last night but didn't want to take them up for a variety of reasons.

However, he said he was confident that they would get these people in the next couple of days and those who wanted to be off the streets for Christmas would be accommodated.