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Thursday 21 June 2018

Man found dead sheltering in emergency department

'Gardai were alerted to the situation at around 5.30pm on Saturday.' (stock photo)
'Gardai were alerted to the situation at around 5.30pm on Saturday.' (stock photo)

Gardai are investigating after a man was found dead in the emergency department waiting room at one of the country's largest hospitals at the weekend.

The man, in his 40s, was understood to have been taking shelter at Tallaght University Hospital when he was pronounced dead on Saturday evening.

It is understood that he had not checked into the hospital, sought medical treatment or received triage.

It is unclear how long he was taking shelter in the hospital before he died.

He had been sitting on one of the seats in the public waiting room area and was discovered around 4.30pm.

An internal review is taking place at the hospital, with CCTV footage expected to be reviewed to help estimate how long the man was there for.

Alerted

Gardai were alerted to the situation at around 5.30pm on Saturday. A spokesman said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

"Gardai are investigating the death of a man in his 40s in the emergency department on April 14," a spokesman said last night.

"However, foul play is not suspected."

The hospital said it believes the man was homeless.

"Tallaght University Hospital can confirm that a person passed away in the waiting area of the hospital's emergency department," a spokesperson said.

"The person in question is understood to have been homeless and had been sheltering at the hospital and had not sought medical treatment.

"Management at the hospital are co-operating with the gardai in their investigations and an internal review will also be initiated immediately into the circumstances of the incident."

It is understood the man had the same address for 17 years.Gardai said they were unaware of the man being homeless.

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