An Post is to donate sim cards and over €100,000 worth of mobile phone data to homeless people and people living in temporary accommodation.

Through its 'Shared Network initiative', An Post is urging members of the public to contribute additional free data to the homeless.

The 2,000 sim cards donated by An Post will be distributed by the five homeless charities - Dublin Simon Community, Focus Ireland, Peter McVerry Trust, St Vincent De Paul and Merchants Quay Ireland

The Shared Network will be powered by an initial transfer of 18,000GB of data from An Post Mobile.

An Post has also committed to add 1GB of data to their donation for every new customer that joins the An Post Mobile network until the end of 2020. 

Existing An Post Mobile customers can donate to the shared network when they top up.

An Post will also match all data donations received by the end of March 2020.

Speaking at the launch of the Shared Network at Dublin's Capuchin Day Centre, An Post Managing Director, Debbie Byrne said: "In an age where connectivity is key, those without online access can feel increasingly isolated and left behind."

Focus Ireland Chief Executive Pat Dennighan said the network "will make a real difference to people's lives".

"From keeping in touch with family to  searching the web for a new home to rent, it is a practical initiative that will make a real difference."