The Government's Emergency Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather meets later.

It has been convened after Met Eireann issued a warning on extreme cold weather conditions expected this week.

Met Éireann is forecasting exceptionally cold weather this week.

Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts.

Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas tomorrow, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek

Authorities are warning the weather event is likely to have a significant and disruptive impact.

The Housing Minister has acted on recommendations from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management in his Department of Housing.

Eoghan Murphy's convened the National Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather which will meet 10.30 this morning.

Already steps are being taken so all homeless individuals and rough sleepers have shelter and accommodation

While Irish Water has mobilised its Crisis Management arrangements.


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