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Campaigner Anthony Flynn

Campaigner Anthony Flynn

Campaigner Anthony Flynn

The deaths of five people in homeless services in a week has been described as "soul destroying" and a "cause for concern".

On Saturday a young woman, believed to be just 19, died tragically in a Dublin homeless facility.

She became the fifth person to die in just a week and now it is understood some families are planning to hold a silent protest on Saturday to highlight the deaths.

Last Thursday, a homeless man was found dead in the city centre in the early hours of the morning. The man was in his 30s. He was also believed to have died tragically.

Unprecedented

On Tuesday two young women died within hours of each other at a homeless service.

The body of a 34-year-old woman was found at Abigail Women's Centre in Finglas at around 6am. She died tragically also. A second woman (21) was found dead at 10.30am.

Homelessness campaigner Anthony Flynn said: "This is an unprecedented number of deaths in homeless services in such a short space of time bringing tragedy to many families.

"We have spoken time and time again of the urgent need for proper wrap-around supports for people in emergency accommodation and unfortunately this week has highlighted this even further."

Glenda Harrington, who runs Friends Helping Friends, said the loss of five people in seven days had been "just soul destroying" for all involved in helping homeless people.

A spokeswoman for the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, said the organisation offered its sympathies to the families of the five people.

"We are very aware of the pain caused by the death of a loved one. Five deaths in a week is an unprecedentedly high number, and is obviously a cause for concern," she said.