Further to the death of a homeless man outside Starbucks on Westmoreland Street, above, early yesterday morning…
Conor Lally, in today’s Irish Times, reports:
“Gardaí believe he had been dead for a number of hours and revellers who passed him in the early hours of Sunday may not have realised he was dead. Garda sources said because the remains of the 10 victims of the fire at a halting site in Carrickmines required postmortems by the State Pathologist’s Office, it could be several days before the cause of the man’s death was established. However, they said one line of inquiry was that he might have died of a drugs overdose.”
“The fatality is the second among the homeless community in the city centre in the past fortnight, with another man who had been sleeping rough off Dawson Street in the south inner city found dead on September 25th.”
Meanwhile readers may also recall that, on the evening of Tuesday, October 6, the group Inner City Helping Homeless reported that one of their service users died earlier that morning from pneumonia.
This would indicate three homeless people have died in 17 days.
It is with sorrow that we report the death of yet another member of Dublin’s Homeless Community. News has just reached Inner City Helping Homeless that a service user has passed away this morning. Reports state that the person who cannot be named at this stage died of pneumonia.
ICHH Director made the following statement: “At this point we cannot name the person but our condolences are with his family at this time. His brother is currently engaged with our service and our heartfelt condolences to him. This is a serious matter, I can only urge the Minister to reestablish talks with organisations regarding the ongoing crisis. This is the second death in two weeks and it will not be the last. The figures are just unsustainable, how many deaths are required before we see intervention”.
ICHH would like to express our heartfelt condolences. We urge the public to please use our emergency out of hours number (in the poster above) and report anyone they see sleeping rough across the city.