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Brian Corr

Brian Corr

Brian Corr

DUBLIN City Council sent a letter demanding the payment of outstanding rent to the dead father-of-two whose decomposed body lay undiscovered for weeks.

Two Government TDs last night called for a full investigation after the Herald revealed that the remains of Brian Corr (62) were found in his flat in the Beggar's Bush Court complex – run by Dublin City Council – in Ballsbridge.

 

PROBE

Despite being dead for at least five weeks, the authorities only searched Mr Corr's apartment after neighbours grew concerned over his whereabouts.

Age Action Ireland has described the length of time during which Mr Corr's body lay undetected as a "scandal".

Dublin council has refused to say whether its officials will launch a probe.

Meanwhile, Mr Corr's devastated family last night said that the council had sent him a letter demanding the payment of over €700 in rent arrears.

"This letter was sent in late April, at a time when we now know he was not alive," his brother Seamus Corr said.

"We are very angry about this. The council was able to send a letter demanding outstanding rent, yet didn't check on him for weeks."

In a statement, the council said that it operates a five-day housing liaison officer service in all its complexes and that it is up to individual residents to decide whether to use of it.

"Every unit in each of our senior citizens complexes is fitted with panic alarms, linked to a central control centre, which our residents can activate if in distress or in need of assistance," the council said.

However junior minister Joe Costello last night demanded the council carry out a full probe into Mr Corr's death.

 

QUESTIONS

"If somebody is to die and go undetected for weeks on end, that has to be fully investigated," Mr Costello said.

Age Action Ireland's Gerry Scully called on the council to clarify the "numerous questions" the family has in relation to Mr Corr's death.

"For a man to lie dead for five weeks without anyone knowing about it in a sheltered city council complex is a scandal," he said.

noconnor@herald.ie


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