Hundreds of homeless Dublin families could be offered housing in vacant homes around the country under plans being discussed by the Government.
The Irish Times reports that work on a rural relocation scheme is at an early stage, but it is one of a number of measures being considered.
It is understood it will be discussed by the Cabinet sub-committee on Social Exclusion in the coming weeks.
The proposal aims to advertise vacant houses in the countryside to homeless families through the “choice-based lettings” system.
Local authorities use “choice-based lettings” to advertise council houses that are difficult to let to people on the waiting list for housing.
If a household expresses an interest in one of the houses, then they may be able to "jump" the queue in return for taking a less desirable dwelling.
A spokesman for the Department of the Environment said: "That is how the choice- based system works at the moment. This will be examined to see how it might operate in the context of homeless persons."