Homeless man found dead in Dublin city centre

The man was found in a sleeping bag near Parnell Street

Homeless man found dead in Dublin city centre

Ryder's Row in Dublin city centre | Image: Google Earth

Updated: 17.20 

The body of a homeless man has been found in Dublin city centre.

The man was found in a sleeping bag on Ryder's Row near Parnell Street.

The Inner City Helping Homeless group say it is "the first homeless death of 2018".

In a statement, the group says: "As temperatures fell below freezing last night it's a tragedy to know someone died alone in a sleeping bag on the streets of the city.

"This death once again highlights the question of why someone would rather sleep on the streets than in emergency accommodation provided by the DRHE.

"Trust in the hostel system is still a huge issue as many feel safer on the streets than they do in state provided accommodation.

"When that is the case there are serious questions to be asked. It cannot be socially acceptable to go into another year of people dying on our streets."

ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn says: "Once again a tragedy within the system another life taken by the harsh reality of homelessness.

"Last night's weather conditions were extremely cold and no person should be in a position were they have to sleep rough.

"The question needs to be asked how many beds were left empty and why this person felt the need to sleep rough. The system is continuously failing."

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) says it is aware "of the sad passing" of an individual on Friday morning and express condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities.

The DHRE adds that the man has not been in contact with homeless services or with the Housing First team since 2011.

It is understood he may have been living outside Dublin since that time.