Sunday 18 August 2019

Gardai investigating sudden death of man believed to be sleeping rough in Dublin

The man was brought to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin but later passed away.
The man was brought to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin but later passed away.

Sasha Brady

Gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a man believed to be sleeping rough in Dublin.

Emergency services were called to Sandford Close, Ranelagh at approximately 1.30pm today.

It's understood the man had been sleeping in a tent near the grounds of Gonzaga College, Ranelagh - which is located in Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy's constituency.

The man was brought to St Vincent's Hospital in a serious condition but later passed away.

Gardaí have confirmed that the matter is under investigation but they are not treating his death as suspicious.

A spokesperson for Peter McVerry Trust said they are "deeply saddened" to learn of the man's death and called on the Government to increase provision of social housing.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends," the charity spokesperson told Independent.ie.

"Peter McVerry Trust would urge the Taoiseach and Minister Murphy to commit to housing every person currently sleeping rough in Dublin by the end of next year.

"At present we have just over 180 people sleeping rough in Dublin, and while that is a record high, we surely can secure 180 homes out of the 3,800 social houses to be built next year for our most vulnerable citizens."

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