Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a dead man in a tent in central Dublin earlier this week.
The discovery was made on Monday on Lad Lane Upper near Leeson Street in Dublin 2. The man’s body was removed to the Dublin City Mortuary for a postmortem and a Garda spokesman said inquiries were ongoing.
The homelessness charity A Lending Hand asked how a man could be left to “die alone on the cold hard ground in a tent he called home” in 2022. It called for the provision of better addiction supports and mental health services.
“We knew this man, we have known him for seven years. That’s how long he took his chances on the street, ”he said. “He will be another statistic and forgotten just as quick, but we will remember you pal. We hope you get the warmest bed in heaven. ”
The latest figures show there was a record number of young homeless people in March and Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said the continued rise in the numbers of accessing emergency accommodation was a “serious concern”.
According to the Department of Housing there were 9,825 homeless people in March, an increase of 333 (3.5 per cent) on the previous month. The figures showed a record of 5,143 single people were homeless, including 3,343 in Dublin.