Friday 21 October 2016

Children find body in Dublin park

Children playing in a Dublin park discovered the body of a young man close by.

The children were playing at Cherry Orchard Park last night when they saw the body near a railway bridge beside Park West train station.

Gardai in Ballyfermot said today that the death was "not suspicious" and are liaising with an investigation by the Dublin City Coroner into the death.


"It is a very sad case," the spokesperson added.

It is understood the possibility of a suspected drugs overdose was being examined as part of the investigation.

The children who found the body alerted their parents and an emergency call was made to the authorities.

Gardai sealed off the area during an inspection of the scene.

Local people said they believed he may be a local man aged in his 20s.

"Children out playing who found the body were shocked and told their parents," said Dublin City Councillor Daithi Doolan (inset below).

"I hope the children and parents will receive whatever support they need," he said.

"The community are very shocked and saddened by this death and we extend our sympathy to the young man's family."


The Sinn Fein councillor said local people were concerned that the use of drugs may have been involved in the young man's death.

"We really need to redouble our efforts to tackle the causes of drug use which leads to consequences in our communities," he added.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade received an emergency call about the finding of the man's body shortly before 9pm last night.

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