Irish Red Cross co-ordinating refugee relief efforts

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Preparations are underway to welcome 4,000 refugees to Ireland in the coming weeks and months.

So far thousands of people have offered beds and other forms of housing in a variety of campaigns through charities and social media groups.

The Irish Red Cross has been tasked with co-ordinating the effort and is urging anyone who would like to offer accommodation places for refugees to get in contact with them directly.

They've set up a dedicated phone-line: 01 6424 600 and email:

It comes as Police on the Greek Island of Lesbos last night said over 22,000 refugees have been registered there this week alone.