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Help for council staff who saw fatal plunge


Dublic City Council Civic Offices. Photo: Tom Burke

Dublic City Council Civic Offices. Photo: Tom Burke

Dublic City Council Civic Offices. Photo: Tom Burke

STAFF at Dublin City Council Civic Offices have been offered counselling after a man plunged to his death from a fourth-floor balcony in an atrium.

The victim, whose death is being treated by gardai as a personal tragedy, is believed to be a 34-year-old Polish man.

He was identified using a library ticket that was found in one of his pockets, and was not a member of staff at the offices.

The incident happened yesterday at around 10.15am as staff at the Dublin City Council offices were beginning their day's work.

Cllr Christy Burke told the Herald he had been talking on the phone to a staff member at the offices from the housing division when the man fell.

"We were just talking normal business on the phone when he said to me 'I'm going to have to go Christy, somebody just fell off the roof'. It's a terrible tragedy for the victim's family and everybody at the offices," said the Independent North Inner City Councillor.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, but sources say there is access to the fourth floor for members of the public, but balconies are "very secure".


As soon as the alarm was raised, Dublin Fire Brigade sent an advance paramedic to the offices, but the man had no vital signs and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A garda spokesman said: "It appears at this stage that it was a tragic incident and we are not looking at anything suspicious."

Staff at the offices later received an email from a Dublin City Council Corporate Communications Manager, saying: "Confidential staff supports have been offered to any staff that were affected in any way by this incident or witnessed the tragic event."

Separately, Cllr Mannix Flynn (Ind) said many people who go to the housing allocations offices have "become emotional and threatened self harm".

"Many vulnerable people are coming in on a daily basis, and the housing offices are known as potential volatile areas," said the Dublin South East councillor. Cllr Flynn called for council authorities to reinforce security in the building.