Wednesday 13 December 2017

Homeless man's body found in lane near where Jonathan Corrie died

The homeless man was discovered in Dawson Lane
The homeless man was discovered in Dawson Lane

A man believed to have been homeless has become the latest person to die on the streets of the capital after his body was found in Dublin city centre.

The location is less than a minute's walk from where Jonathan Corrie was found dead last year. It is understood the unidentified man had been sleeping rough for some time.

He died in Dawson Lane, not far from Molesworth Street, where Mr Corrie died.

The emergency services were alerted and gardai rushed to the scene yesterday morning and arranged for the removal of the man's remains.

A local cafe worker said it is a part of the city where homeless people now regularly sleep rough. It is understood the dead man regularly slept in a nearby laneway.

Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.

"The body of a man was found this morning on Dawson Lane. The man was in his mid-30s and suffered a sudden death," said a spokesman.

"An Garda Siochana cannot yet comment on whether the man was homeless or not."

It is understood the man had been dead for several hours before his body was discovered.

Employees at the nearby cafe said they were used to seeing homeless individuals sleeping rough in the area.

Other people who sometimes sleep there confirmed they knew the dead man.

Anthony Flynn, the director of Inner City Helping Homeless, said his organisation was still awaiting garda confirmation of the man's identity.

"This is a tragic set of circumstances that we have warned central government was the inevitable result of failures to implement proper amenities for rough sleepers after the death of Jonathan Corrie," he said in a Facebook post.

Mr Flynn added that serious action was needed from the Government.

His organisation said it interacted with 114 rough sleepers on Thursday night.

Jonathan Corrie's death close to Leinster House last year, and the public reaction, led to the Government convening an emergency forum on homelessness before Christmas and a renewed public and official focus on the issue.

The Dublin Simon Community said the number of children in emergency accommodation in Dublin has doubled since last year.

And the number of families sleeping rough in Dublin is up 106pc.


The homeless charity has laid bare what it called the "humanitarian crisis of homelessness", with nearly 2,300 people in emergency accommodation in the capital.

It recently released a series of damning figures on families, children and single people who are unable to find a roof.

The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin - on average 150 a night - has exceeded the worrying levels witnessed last Christmas.

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