Residents of Dublin's Liberties are planning a protest following news that a local community centre is to be used for a homeless hostel.

The former St Nicholas of Myra centre at Carman's Hall is to be converted into a 65-bed hostel for rough sleepers as part of efforts to provide 210 extra emergency beds this winter.

Another premises on Ellis Quay will be converted into a 75-bed facility while an unnamed property in Dublin 7 will also be used for 75 beds.

Local residents in the Liberties have already complained about the concentration of homeless and addiction services in the area.

They have been trying to reopen the St Nicholas of Myra community centre, which closed some years ago because of lack of funding.

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"This was the heartbeat of the community. This was our one chance to get a proper community centre and now it’s gone" said Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

She said the immediate area is "saturated" with homeless and drug treatment services already and described the opening of yet another hostel in the area as "bad planning".

Local residents are planning to gather in the area at 6pm on Thursday.

There are nearly 600 homeless, long term supported, drug treatment beds and hotel rooms for homeless families within a mile of the Carman's Hall centre.

It is thought to be the highest concentration in the city.

In a statement, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive stated that the new beds are needed and are planned to be in use by December.

"This expansion is to occur as part of DCC's winter strategy to prevent fatalities and/or serious harm arising to persons from sleeping rough particularly in adverse weather conditions".

"It is very clear that the recently reported increased rates of rough sleeping in Dublin is directly related to the capacity of available emergency accommodation. To this end, we must ensure that the extra beds are brought into use as soon as is possible".

Figures released by the homeless executive show that city centre areas have the highest number of homeless accommodation provided by them with Dublin 1 having a total of 866 people spread out the whole postcode. Dublin 8 is next on 666.

By contrast Dublin 4 which includes Ringsend and Ballsbridge had just 78 emergency places. Dublin 6W, which includes Templeogue and Dublin 10, which includes Ballyfermot had none.

The entire South County area which includes Dun Laoghaire and Blackrock had only 178 places.