Giulia Gutterer writes:
We’ve produced this infographic which compares mortality and causes of death in 2015 and 2030, using predictions from the World Health Organization.
St Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin
Aisling Kennedy, in the Dublin Gazette, reports:
A young man was found dead in St Stephen’s Green park [in the wooden gazebo in the middle of the park] on Monday morning. An investigation is currently under way to find out the cause of his death.
The man, who has yet to be named by gardai, was 30 years old and it is believed that he was sleeping rough in the park. He was found at 9.15am on Monday, April 25.
Sinead Kane, a founding member of Hope in the Darkness, which offers food to the homeless outside the GPO on O’Connell Street four nights a week, said she received a phone call on Monday morning from a man who regularly accesses her food service.
She said: “He was very upset and he was crying. He said that he had just found a man dead in the park.”
Sinead said that the man, who doesn’t want to be named, rang her following the discovery.
He had just visited his local pharmacy to collect medication on his prescription but he was told he would have to wait 20 minutes for it.
“He went over to the park to have a smoke in St Stephen’s Green and he said he was sitting on the wall and just happened to look over to see a man lying on the ground clutching a sleeping bag.
“He shouted over: ‘Hey buddy, you ok?’ and he got no response. He went over to him, but he knew when he saw him that he was already gone.”
Sinead said that the man called an ambulance straight away and he called for help from people passing by on their way into work.
“Nobody helped him. People just turned their back and kept going about their business, they wouldn’t stop to help.”
…Meanwhile, in a further blow to the homelessness crisis, two homeless shelters are set to close in the next fortnight, forcing up to 150 people to return to living on the streets.
The 42-bed John’s Lane West hostel, which is jointly managed by Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Ireland, is set to close on May 9 to make way for social housing construction.
The 100-bed Bru Aimsir hostel at the Digital Hub on Thomas Street, which is run by Dublin City Council, is also due to close this Saturday, April 31.
Earlier: The Big Bang Theory
“In reference to the media coverage of a man tragically found deceased in St. Stephen’s Green, it is requested to refrain from reference to this person as homeless. In deference to the family and friends of this man, in this time of their loss, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive notes that there is no record of this man’s involvement in Homeless Services, or seeking homeless services on the night he passed away.”
Cathal Morgan, Dublin City Council.
“Can you find a local angle on this Bowie feller?” pic.twitter.com/z6XT0gkgtz
— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) January 12, 2016
The man found dead outside Starbucks café on Westmoreland Street, Dublin at the weekend was not homeless, as we reported without verification.
The body of Jed Eddison, 30, of Grangecon, Co Wicklow was discovered at 7.30am on Sunday.
According to The Irish Times: [Jed] ‘had been driven from his home by his mother into Dublin city on Friday.’
We are sorry for any distress our post caused.
Previously: ‘Revellers May Not Have Realised He Was Dead’
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.
Previously: ‘He Died Of Pneumonia’
Inner City Helping Homeless write:
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.