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ICHH founder Anthony Flynn

ICHH founder Anthony Flynn

ICHH founder Anthony Flynn

Two more homeless people died on Dublin's streets over the bank holiday weekend.

In the first incident, a man in his 40s was found by security personnel in the early hours of last Friday morning outside the CHQ, a popular industrial retail complex among young professionals.

GardaĆ­ were notified of the man's death at around 5.30am and were quickly on the scene.

The dead man was known to homeless services. His remains were taken to the city morgue before homeless services were able to provide assistance.

The body of the second person, a young homeless woman, aged 31, were discovered inside a tent located at Lynch's Lane, Ronanstown in Clondalkin in the early hours of last Saturday.

It is understood initial reports following the discovery of the woman's body suggested her death may have been suspicious but the post mortem findings ruled that out.

The two deaths bring to more than 50 the number of homeless people who have died this year so far, compared to a total of 37 last year, according to Independent councillor and CEO and co-founder of Inner City Helping Homeless Anthony Flynn.

"Early July, the figure stood at 37 deaths for the first six months of this year which equalled the total figure for last year. We've easily exceeded that number now which is just devastating.

"Being honest we are not seeing the true extent of the homeless levels around Dublin and the rest of the country.

As of Monday night, there were 133 homeless in Dublin.

He revealed that homeless people don't feel safe in many privately funded hostels and shelters, "as many are scrapping of the bottle of the barrel, with too many people sharing sleeping arrangements".

Cllr Flynn added:"Despite advice from the Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan for homeless people to seek shelter due to fears over their health and Covid-19, they feel safer on the streets.

Cramped

"They don't want to raise their chances of contracting the virus living in cramped and over crowded conditions."

He also warned there could be even more deaths as temperatures deteriorate.

"It seems that the homeless are once again being brushed under the carpet and the remains of those who die on the streets are taken away before anyone can see them or ask questions."


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