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The charity have raised the issue of the suitability of hostels after noticing how many people are looking for sleeping bags so they can sleep outside instead.

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A picture of a previous soup run operated by the Muslim Sisters of Eire

A picture of a previous soup run operated by the Muslim Sisters of Eire

A picture of a previous soup run operated by the Muslim Sisters of Eire

The Muslim Sisters of Eire who run a soup kitchen at Dublin’s GPO every Friday have said the Government “really needs to look into the situation with hostels” after another busy night. 

The charity hands out hot meals and other food to the people who queue for help every week.

But now they have raised the issue of the suitability of hostels for accommodating the homeless after noticing how many people are looking for sleeping bags so they can sleep outside instead.

“A very busy and exhausting Friday evening,” they posted about the situation last night.

“We had a really long queue waiting to be served by the time we setup the tables. We had croissants, cakes, donuts, breads, crisps, fruits, vegetables, sandwiches and 400 hot meals.

“Everything was gone by the end of the evening. A lot of people were looking for spare sleeping bags and tents as the weather is dry and people don’t want to go into the hostels.

“Unfortunately, hostels are not a safe place for people to be in and people prefer to sleep in the streets rather than go into a hostel.”

They added: “Our government really needs to look into the situation with the hostels as couples are separated and now prefer sleeping rough and hence look for sleeping bags, tents and hygiene packs.”

Last month we revealed how the charity workers “ran out of meals” after a massive crowd turned up one Friday night.

“We had 580 meals and we ran out of meals. We’ve never seen anything like that in our lives," the charity group said.

“We just couldn’t control the crowds,” the Muslim Sisters of Eire posted on Facebook. “It was like a stampede at the table. The volunteers were getting frightened.

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“We had 580 meals and we ran out of meals. We’ve never seen anything like that in our lives. The only way we could control the crowds was by calling the gardai to help us.”

The post ads: “We had seven security and still had problems controlling the people fighting to skip the queue to get the food.

"Imagine being so hungry and desperate for food! Heartbreaking.”

Muslim Sisters of Eire is a women’s charity group that focus on “areas of integration, interfaith activities, fundraising & helping those in economic hardship”.

Their website adds: “We are an independent organisation of mainly Muslim women living in Ireland. We are a voluntary organisation with the purpose of providing support to women (Muslim women in particular), encourage integration and work together to benefit the wider society.”

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