Adair Lane, Temple Bar
Adair Lane in Temple Bar. Photo: www.dublincity.ie

A homeless man lay dead for several hours in Temple Bar before his body was discovered early this morning.

The man, who has yet to be named, was found on Adair Lane at around 2 this morning. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

A garda spokesman confirmed the news, saying: “Gardai are investigating the sudden death of a man at Adair Lane, Dublin 2, He is yet to be identified.”

It is the second such tragedy in the past 24 hours, after a homeless man who was found unconscious in Drogheda late last night died in hospital. The man, who was in his early twenties, is believed to have overdosed.

Anthony Flynn, CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless told The Gazette that the death was avoidable and that we will see more rough sleepers die on the streets this winter if extra beds are not made available.

Anthony Flynn, ICHH
Inner City Helping Homeless CEO Anthony Flynn

“This is the second death in 24 hours – we have another rough sleeper who passed away in Drogheda last night, a 23-year-old male.”

Mr Flynn said that the two deaths are “indicative of a systemic failure”.

He said: “We saw an extra emergency contingency 300 beds put in place through the storm over the last number of days and those beds were taken directly back out of the system.

“Last night we engaged with 160 individuals on the streets of Dublin.

“The deaths are avoidable, if we opened up beds like we did during the storm, we could be avoiding these deaths.

“The fact is we don’t see any political or government will, in my opinion, to keep people off the streets.”

Mr Flynn said he met with the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy weeks ago who promised that an additional 100 beds would be opened straight away.

“We’ve heard promise after promise in regards to the implementation of more beds, but the fact is, we’re allowing people to stay out on the streets, we’re not seeing any cohesive response from the government and the result of that is deaths on the streets.”