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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Homeless man dead for several hours before he was found on street

The homeless man was discovered in Dawson Lane
The homeless man was discovered in Dawson Lane

Mark O'Regan and Jane O'Faherty

A homeless man who had been sleeping rough has been found dead on a Dublin city street.

The man's lifeless body was found on Dawson Lane - just a few hundred yards from where homeless man Jonathan Corrie was found dead on Molesworth Street last year.

It is understood the unidentified man had been sleeping rough in the capital for a number of months.

He is said to have engaged with homeless services in Dublin and had been in contact with them in recent days.

The man's body was found about 7am yesterday. The emergency services were notified and gardaí rushed to the scene. However, the man was declared dead.

It is understood the man had been dead for a number of hours before his body was discovered.

Gardaí are not treating the death as suspicious.

Pat Doyle, CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust, expressed his sadness at the death of the man who had been using the trust's services since the end of last year.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of another person who was sleeping rough in Dublin. All of us at Peter McVerry Trust would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

"The young man had been engaging sporadically with the Focus Ireland Peter McVerry Trust Housing First Street Intake Team since December 2014 and we understand had accessed homeless services in Dublin in recent days," he added.

Mr Doyle said all agencies must redouble their efforts to tackle homelessness head on. He warned that, with winter approaching, the risks for those sleeping rough are even greater.

"We must do whatever it takes to get people into their own home as quickly as possible," he added.

He asked members of the public to report locations where people are sleeping rough to so that staff can visit them.

Irish Independent

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