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'Our voice' Poster hailing late homeless charity boss Anthony Flynn displayed on Dublin pub

'Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure'

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The flag is positioned in a prominent location over a window on Lloyds pub on Amiens Street

The flag is positioned in a prominent location over a window on Lloyds pub on Amiens Street

The flag is positioned in a prominent location over a window on Lloyds pub on Amiens Street

A banner erected in honour of charity boss Anthony Flynn remains on the outside the Dublin pub where he used to work.

The flag is positioned in a prominent location over a window on Lloyd's pub on Amiens Street hailing Flynn, who was found dead in tragic circumstances in August, as “our voice, our friend.”

Since then, it has emerged claims of sexual abuse were made against Mr Flynn by homeless men who had gone to the charity for help.

Flynn grew up on nearby Dorset Street, and previously worked as a barman in Lloyd’s.

An image of the councillor is printed in the centre of an Irish tricolour under the words ‘Cllr Anthony Flynn’, and is not far from the offices of the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) charity that he founded.

A message on the right hand side of the poster reads: “Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.”

It also features a logo of the ICHH charity that is now facing closure in the wake of the horrific claims that have emerged since Flynn’s death.

Anthony Flynn's supporters continue to insist he is innocent of all accusations.

On Thursday, a homeless man told RTE how he had been sexually assaulted by the late Dublin councillor earlier this year.

An internal report for ICHH has detailed four serious allegations made against Flynn as well his persistent denials of any knowledge of the probe into sexual assault allegations in the lead up to his suspension from the charity.

The report details how one of the allegations came from an "extremely vulnerable" 21-year-old man who said he took a taxi, paid for on the charity's account, to Mr Flynn's home before he was drugged and sexually assaulted last May.

The alleged victim woke up the following day and later went to a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit, at which point gardai were called and took a statement from him.

Two weeks later, another complainant came forward making an allegation of being sexually assaulted in similar circumstances to the first man.

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The banner honours the shamed charity boss

The banner honours the shamed charity boss

The banner honours the shamed charity boss

Last week, one of the men who claims he was sexually assaulted by the homeless campaigner told how he had been raped by Flynn and held against his will for two nights.

The man, who is referred to only as “John” in an RTE Prime Time interview, claims he was sexually molested after being drugged and was assaulted alongside another young man on the second night.

After contacting Flynn on Facebook to explain his situation, and asking could he come to the office, he was told that a taxi would take him from his home to Flynn’s house.

“I woke up in the middle of the night as well and he came over and, yeah, he did what he did when I was there, still, when I was alert. It just happened all night, that first night, he sexually molested me."

John says he was held against his will at Flynn’s home over two nights. He says he felt the effect of a drug and was out of it.

"On the second night he alleges he and another man were assaulted.

“He just raped me that night again, with the young guy as well who was there.

"We were locked there again, me and that young guy. He hit me, I remember he did hit me, and in the end I just became submissive and did whatever he wanted me to do.”

John says he returned to Anthony's home on two further occasions, once when he was sexually assaulted again and another when the Dublin Cllr took his phone from him.

Weeks after Flynn’s death, John reported his allegations to gardai, however, he said he still lives in fear.

“It's a fear of people knowing it's me, that was the biggest fear until now,” he said.

“Even when I went to do the statement that time with the guards, it took me a lot of courage to go there. I remember when I walked out of Store Street Garda station I looked around to see if anyone had seen me going in there.”

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Anthony Flynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Anthony Flynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Anthony Flynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Now he says he is speaking out to help others and himself.

“My motive is in hoping to help other victims out there and get the courage. It's also about creating awareness about what happened.

“The biggest thing for myself is getting the support from it all as well because my mental health is not that great,” he added. “It crashes on a daily basis, that's the main thing.”

John revealed that the negative comments about survivors like him adds to his fear.

“There is no understanding because they knew Anthony in a different way.

"I don't blame them because that's not what they knew. Anthony portrayed himself as a saviour or fighter for the deprived in this society. I saw the dark side.”

It was also revealed last week how the charity boss had claimed homeless people were afraid to report sex assaults in case they “might lose their beds” in an interview weeks before his death.

Speaking outside the Dail in April following the publication of a report, Flynn claimed sex abuse in the homeless sector was widespread.

Weeks later, the two men would make statements to gardai alleging he had sexually assaulted them.

Speaking at the launch of the 'Our Voice, Homelessness Survey, Empowerment to Rights' report, Anthony Flynn claimed that fear was stopping victims going to the gardai.

He said: “Many feel that they might lose their bed if they report in regard to whether they report an issue of sexual assault.

“Many of the individuals feel, basically that they won’t be heard and that nobody is listening to them and that there isn’t a proper complaints procedure in regard to reporting.

“Or even they do report that that report won’t be heard of or won’t be investigated.

“Many feel that they might lose their bed if they report in regard to whether they report an issue of sexual assault or whether it be an issue with regard to their rights being violated within homeless service systems.”

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has said that it is “strongly of the view that the organisation/charity ‘Inner City Helping Homeless’ should be dissolved/wound up in an orderly way and as quickly as possible”.


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