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Saturday 10 December 2016

'Homeless man who died on street won't be last,' says Brother Kevin Crowley

Former Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, Bro Kevin Crowley and Anthony Flynn, Inner City Helping Homeless, at the scene where a homeless man died at Westmoreland Street
Former Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, Bro Kevin Crowley and Anthony Flynn, Inner City Helping Homeless, at the scene where a homeless man died at Westmoreland Street

A man who was sleeping rough in Dublin city centre has become the latest victim of the city's homeless crisis.

The man - who was in his 30s - was found lying in a doorway in Westmoreland Street yesterday morning.

Homelessness campaigner Brother Kevin Crowley laid flowers at the scene and yesterday warned that more homeless people will die in the capital unless the Government provides more resources to tackle the problem.

Horrified

"I'm absolutely shocked and horrified to think that we have another death on our streets and I said from the death of Jonathan Corrie last year that that was only the beginning, that we would have more," said Brother Kevin.

"I have no doubt that as the winter approaches we will have more deaths.

"Minister Kelly said that there would be no more people sleeping on the streets - the situation is far worse now," he added. "I appeal strongly to the Taoiseach and the Minister to do something serious before we have more deaths on our streets," said Brother Kevin.

The Herald can also reveal that it was a volunteer from the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) charity who was one of those who found the body of the man in the doorway.

The tragic discovery was made on the busy street at 7.30am yesterday morning.

"The volunteer was actually on their way home from a big sleep-out at the GPO that was organised to raise awareness of the homeless problem," said ICCH director Anthony Flynn.

Mr Flynn said he was called to the scene shortly after the discovery was made, and was appalled at the lack of dignity the dead man was shown.

"It was a very undignified scene. There was a body lying here for over two hours with just a blanket over the poor individual," he said.

Councillor and former Lord Mayor Christy Burke joined Brother Kevin and Anthony Flynn as the flowers were placed at the scene and a prayer was said.

Declare

"The Government needs to declare a national emergency in relation to the homeless situation or we will have continual commentary week in and week out about men and women dying on the streets of Dublin," he said.

A count last month by Dublin Simon Communities found 120 people sleeping rough in the city.

Another 50 people sheltered at Simon's night cafe on the same day.

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