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Homeless campaigner and Dublin councillor Anthony Flynn dies aged 35

Dublin city councillor and homeless campaigner, Anthony Flynn, has passed away in tragic circumst...
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18.57 18 Aug 2021


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Homeless campaigner and Dublin councillor Anthony Flynn dies aged 35

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Dublin city councillor and homeless campaigner, Anthony Flynn, has passed away in tragic circumstances.

The 35-year-old was found dead in a property in Caledon Court in East Wall on Wednesday afternoon.

He founded the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) charity and became a councillor in 2019.

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His body has been taken to the mortuary in Whitehall, where a post mortem examination is due to take place.

He founded ICHH in 2013 and had a background in the youth community and voluntary sector.

Mr Flynn served on multiple boards - including the Community Awareness of Drugs, Grangegorman Redevelopment and the Dominick Street Regeneration Board.

He was also appointed to the Dublin City Council Housing Special Policy Committee, alongside the Joint Policing Committee for Dublin City.

In a statement to staff and volunteers, ICHH chairman David Hall describes his death as 'a tragedy'.

"This tragic loss is a source of deep shock to all of us at ICHH.

"I wish to express my personal sadness and deepest condolences to his family and friends at his passing and I am sure that you are all experiencing the same deep sense of sadness and loss.

"Anthony was a person who passionately cared about the plight of the homeless and fought to give them a voice and a home.

"As one of the founders of ICHH, he turned that belief into action.

"Anthony's passing is a tragedy and we are all joined in expressing our condolences to Anthony's family, friends and colleagues.

"ICHH is committed to continuing the necessary work begun by Anthony."

Dublin City Council says it was "saddened" to hear of the untimely death of Councillor Flynn.

Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland, on behalf of the council, extended her deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Joe Costello, says he is shocked at the news.

"Absolutely shocked at the thought that somebody as young and so active and energetic and had done so much work for the local community and had been a founding member of Inner City Helping Homelessness [sic] should go so suddenly.

"He's a colleague of mine, and we had worked together in the north inner-city on a lot of issues."

Mr Costello also praised the ICHH charity.

"They have done a tremendous amount work, about 200 volunteers, they go out every night in the city.

"They were established because of the need to provide support for the homeless - providing food and indeed helping to provide shelter as well.

"It's work that has been done on a voluntary basis, and a lot of good-hearted people have been involved, and no doubt all of them will be absolutely shocked to hear about his death".

Main image: Anthony Flynn, co-founder of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), at their warehouse in Dublin.

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