Dublin City Council says it'll redistribute coats it collected from the Ha'penny Bridge through its homeless services.
Videos emerged on social media yesterday showing a council worker collecting the jackets that were left out for rough sleepers as part of the #warmforwinter campaign.
The local authority says the clothing had to be taken off the bridge for health and safety reasons.
It said people who wish to donate coats to the homeless in the future bring them to charity shops instead.
Dublin City Council asks people not to hang clothes on the Ha’Penny Bridge for health & safety reasons- it reduces pedestrian flows & causes congestion on bridge.Please consider giving them to charity shops.Items collected by DCC will be redistributed via our homeless services
— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) December 7, 2019
Inner City Helping Homeless spokesperson Brian McLoughlin says there's a huge demand for winter wear especially at this time of year