A temporary homeless shelter provided in a Dublin sports hall during the recent extreme weather is to remain open until Friday.

The facility at St Catherine's Sports Centre in the south inner city was scheduled to close last Monday but is remaining open until places can be found for the residents.

Two Health Service Executive facilities - one on the North Circular Road and one in Inchicore - along with St Bricin's military hospital in the north inner city are to provide a total of around 45 extra beds in the coming days.

There are 85 residents on camp beds in St Catherine's, some of whom had not been in contact with homeless services before.

Pat Doyle of the Peter McVerry Trust said the aim now is to keep the rough sleepers in accommodation.

He said he is confident that between the new beds, people moving onto permanent accommodation and existing resources, all will be offered a place to stay.

During the worst of the snow and sub-zero temperatures, 121 men slept in St Catherine's Sports Centre and an estimated 50% were foreign nationals.

According to the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, there were 20 people sleeping on the streets last night, which is thought to be a record low in recent times.