Monday 18 June 2018

Man (20s) who was sleeping rough dies after being found unconscious on Co Louth street

  • A man (20s) was found unresponsive on Mill Lane in Drogheda at 9.45pm
  • Second man discovered without a pulse by a passerby in Temple Bar at 2am
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

Kathy Armstrong

A young man who had been sleeping rough has died in Co Louth.

A man (20s) passed away after he was found unresponsive in Mill Lane in Drogheda, Co Louth at around 9.45pm.

The young man is understood to have been in contact with homeless organisations.

Cllr Pio Smith, Mayor of Drogheda, said that more needs to be done to help our most vulnerable.

He told Independent.ie: "No child comes into this world thinking they will be die alone on a street.

"This is just a crazy situation, a man has died on our streets and in a few days people will forget about it until the next tragedy happens, something has to change."

Mr Smith extended his sympathies to the family of the deceased.

Louth County Councillor Joanna Byrne echoed his sentiments, as she said that she is "devastated".

"This is someone's brother and son and friend, a family has been torn apart and a young man has died.

"He is in his 20s and had his whole life ahead of him and obviously if he had been sleeping on the streets then he had been having a terrible time," she said.

A garda spokesman said in a statement: "Gardaí from Drogheda were called to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital yesterday evening to take reports of a sudden death of a man in his 20s.

"A file will be prepared in accordance with the Coroners Act. We have no further details on this."

In a separate incident, a man was discovered without a pulse in Adair Lane in Dublin's Temple Bar at around 2am.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke told Independent.ie: "The man who found him told me that he was walking passed the lane with a friend at around 11pm when he saw the man lying against the wall.

"He didn't have a sleeping bag but he said that he looked like he was asleep.

"When they were coming back the same way at 2am they noticed the man in the exact same position, so he went to take a pulse and he couldn't find one.

"They called an ambulance but he was pronounced dead and the doctors said that the man would have been dead for a few hours before he was found.

"The man who found him is understandably really upset and we have offered him counselling.

"He has been saying that if he hadn't checked then that man might have been dead there overnight and nobody would have found him until the morning."

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a man at Adair Lane, Dublin 2. He is yet to be identified.

"The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time."

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