THE decomposing body of a man was found in a council residential complex more than a month after he had died.
Brian Corr (62), who lived at Beggars Bush Court in Ballsbridge, south Dublin, was only discovered after his neighbours raised concerns about his whereabouts.
The unemployed father of two was last seen at the end of March and his family have said he was reclusive.
Mr Corr, a divorcee, was living in the Dublin City Council sheltered accommodation for around five years.
His remains were discovered underneath a radiator after a council official contacted gardai to raise the concerns of neighbours.
They said that he had not been seen for a number of weeks and that there was an unusual smell coming from the apartment.
Officers arrived at the address at around 3pm on Tuesday last week.
Mr Corr's body was discovered in a decomposing state.
His remains were then taken to the city morgue. Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious. It is understood that the cause of death was a heart attack.
Mr Corr was originally from Inchicore and had worked as a magazine seller. He has two grown-up children who live in Dublin.
"We just can't believe that for over five weeks he was lying there dead," his brother Seamus said.
"His body was so decomposed, we couldn't even identify him. We're just devastated," he added.
"He kept to himself. He was quiet and anti-social in recent times. We are just shocked that this has happened to our family member," he added.
Dermot Lacey, a local councillor, said he did not know the man but sympathised with Mr Corr's family. "That's very sad, it's a horrible way to go," he said.
The discovery of the body has caused distress to some of his neighbours.
One local woman said that she hasn't been able to sleep.
It is understood that the last person to see Mr Corr was his neighbour, Andrew Keefe, in late March.
He was described as a "recluse" who interacted very little with those living in the complex.
"In this day and age for a man to lie dead in his home for such a long period of time is very saddening," Mr Keefe said.