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Murdered Tony Dempsey was still grieving deaths of sister and mother who died just months apart

The 28-year-old had buried his younger sister Chloe at Mount Jerome Cemetery on March 8, 2021 – a week after the young mother of two passed away.

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Tony Dempsey

Tony Dempsey

Scene at Kevin Barry House where the body of Tony Dempsey was discovered. Pic taken 15-9-2022

Scene at Kevin Barry House where the body of Tony Dempsey was discovered. Pic taken 15-9-2022

Christine Dempsey. Photo: RIP.ie

Christine Dempsey. Photo: RIP.ie

Chloe Dempsey

Chloe Dempsey

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Tony Dempsey

Murdered Tony Dempsey was still grieving the death of his younger sister Chloe and his mum Christine – who died just months apart – when he was brutally beaten to death in the inner-city apartment and left to decompose for up to 10 days.

The 28-year-old had buried his younger sister Chloe at Mount Jerome Cemetery on March 8, 2021 – a week after the young mother of two passed away.

A video recording of Tony’s graveside tribute to Chloe remains active on Facebook.

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Chloe Dempsey

Chloe Dempsey

Chloe Dempsey

In it her heartbroken brother spoke movingly, stating: “Me baby sister Chloe (sic), you are never forgotten.

“We’ll never forget you and we’ll always remember the good times we had.

“I loved the bones off you and I’m just so sad that you had to go this way.

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Christine Dempsey. Photo: RIP.ie

Christine Dempsey. Photo: RIP.ie

Christine Dempsey. Photo: RIP.ie

“Remember all the good times we had since we were kids all growing up.

“I know you idolised me and I idolised you.

“I love you so much sis... I’ll never forget you.”

Sadly, just over two months later, tragedy would again strike with the death of Tony’s mother Christine.

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Christine passed away on July 8 and was laid to rest also at Mount Jerome.

Gardaí believe Mr Dempsey was assaulted and may have been dead for more than a week while people entered and left the property before emergency services discovered him.

The Peter McVerry Trust confirmed it owns the flat and that it accommodated a tenant there, who was not the dead man, about 18 months ago.

It also said it was aware the tenant was “struggling to manage the front door” and that, as a result, staff visits to the property increased.

This happened as recently as last weekend, when Mr Dempsey’s remains are believed to have been inside.

The trust also said efforts had been made to support the client to surrender the tenancy and accommodate them elsewhere.

The Irish Independent last week submitted a series of questions to the charity, asking how many complaints it had received about the property and whether staff visits included inspecting the inside.

In response, a spokeswoman said: “There is an internal case review under way and we will not be commenting further at this stage.”

Previously, the charity’s CEO, Pat Doyle, said: “We’re saddened at the loss of a young life and wish to express our sympathies to the family of the deceased.


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