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Man's body found in Dublin city centre

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St Stephen's Green park (Pic: Google Maps)
St Stephen's Green park (Pic: Google Maps)

A 30-year-old man's body was found in St Stephen's Green park on Monday morning.

A 30-year-old male was found dead in St Stephen's Green on Monday morning.

Reports suggest that the man was homeless.

"People were walking by the dead homeless man on the ground and didn't care," a man who was one of the first on the scene told 98FM.

"There was blood coming from his mouth."

Pearse Street gardai are investigating the sudden death of the 30-year-old man.

A garda spokesperson said that there are no suspicious circumstances in the incident, while a full report will be furnished to the Coroner's Office.

Gardaí are now investigating if the man was from Cork, Kerry or Limerick.

They have spoken to a number of different homeless charities and organisations as they attempt to identify the man.

The Peter McVerry Trust said the death highlights how vulnerable homeless service users are.

“There are lots of people coming from neighbouring counties and further afield to access homeless services at the minute,” said a spokesperson.

“Outside of large urban areas, if there is a service, individuals may find themselves unable to access those services because they are full or because a service won’t meet their particular needs.

"They might have to go elsewhere so people are often coming up to Dublin because it is where the highest concentration of services is.

“There is a high visibility in Dublin and a lot more space and areas where people sleeping rough can be hidden in woodland and parkland.”

He added that politicians must stand up and take note of the issue as the government talks continue to rumble on.

“It is very much a stark reminder for the politicians sitting down today to discuss the housing crisis of how vulnerable huge parts of the population are to becoming homeless and those in homelessness are very much at risk of passing away in homeless services because of issues they are facing.

“What we want to see as these people sit around the table to discuss homelessness is some real action. There are lots of policies and lots of strategies but at the end of the day we need to stop people becoming homeless and start building houses.”