The 40 rough sleepers staying at Apollo House have been "offered long term accommodation" with a homeless service, according to a statement from a representative housing and homeless group.

Eight people have agreed to this option of six month secure accommodation offered through the Fr Peter McVerry Trust, the statement on the Irish Housing Network Facebook page continued.

They will have two days to decide if they want to stay in the new accommodation before their space at Apollo House is offered to another rough sleeper.

The development followed a meeting between the occupiers of Apollo House and representatives of the Fr Peter McVerry Trust at the building on Tara Street today.

After the meeting with the trust, the coordinators of the Apollo House campaign said they had agreed to work together.

It is expected that more will move tomorrow into some the 170 new hostel beds available.

It is understood that 20 of the 40 rough sleepers were assessed up until this evening.

The assessment process will resume tomorrow morning.

"The mood inside Apollo House is one of excitement and joy, in the knowledge that the activities of the volunteers is having a material effect for the benefit for society's most vulnerable people," the statement read.

The High Court yesterday ordered those who have been living in the vacant office building to leave the premises by 11 January.

Organisers of the Apollo House occupation earlier said they want to secure suitable accommodation for the homeless people staying there.

Representatives of the receivers of Apollo House also visited the site today. 

Dublin City Council Deputy Chief Executive Brendan Kenny earlier said the building was totally unsuitable for residential accommodation and that there was enough emergency accommodation in the city at the moment.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Kenny said moves are being made to discuss the issues with those occupying the building.

The council has said there will be 170 extra beds ready in new hostels by tomorrow and that by early January a total of 230 extra beds will have been provided.

However, Fr McVerry said that there are not enough beds for every homeless person in Dublin city. 

Speaking on RTÉ News at One, he said that the Merchants Quay night café is accommodating up to 70 people sleeping on the floor every night, adding that they are being sent there by Dublin City Council. 

He called for the immediate closure of the café.

But organisers of the occupation point out that current emergency accommodation includes 70 people sleeping on the floor of the café.

In a statement, Merchants Quay Ireland, which runs the café, said it shared the concern that the café "is not an adequate response, as all people who are homeless should have access to a bed in a safe and dignified setting."

It continued: "However, in the current situation, where there is a shortage of accommodation and more people are becoming homeless, the Night Café is certainly a preferable option to leaving people sleep on the streets."

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