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Dublin councillor and founder of homeless charity Anthony Flynn dies

Anthony Flynn founded the Inner City Helping Homeless charity.

Updated Aug 18th 2021, 8:07 PM

DUBLIN CITY COUNCILLOR Anthony Flynn was found dead today.

The body of the 35-year-old, who was the co-founder and director of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), was discovered this afternoon.

ICHH tonight paid tribute to the late councillor.

A statement reads: “We are broken-hearted to say we were notified of the death of our co-founder of Inner City Helping Homeless, Anthony Flynn.

“This tragic loss is a source of deep shock to all of us at ICHH. We wish to express our sadness and deepest condolences to his family and friends at his sad passing.

“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.”

Gardaí said they are investigating “all circumstances” around the discovery of Flynn’s body.

A spokesperson said: “The body has been removed from the scene to the mortuary in Whitehall where a post-mortem will take place in due course, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.”

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While investigations are at a very early stage, gardaí do not believe there was foul play involved.

An employee of Inner City Helping Homeless was suspended recently over what the charity described as a ‘serious matter’. A Garda investigation had also commenced.

In a statement this evening, a spokesperson for Dublin City Council said: “Dublin City Council is saddened to hear of the untimely death of Councillor Anthony Flynn. The Lord Mayor, Alison Gilliland, on behalf of Dublin City Council, extends her deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

“Cllr Anthony Flynn was an independent councillor, representing the people of North Inner City and elected to Dublin City Council in May 2019.”

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