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Investigation after body of man found in Stephen's Green

Gardaí have said that they are not treating the death as suspicious.

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Updated at 4.55pm

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING the discovery of a body of a man in Stephen’s Green on Monday.

Gardaí confirmed that they were called to the scene at about 9.30am and that they discovered the body of a 30-year-old man.

They are carrying out an investigation into his death, but it is not being treated as suspicious.

A sleeping bag was discovered next to the man’s body.

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It is believed that the man had come to Dublin from Limerick for an event at the weekend.

He had been encountered on Sunday night by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) volunteer team, who were performing a rough sleeper count and was given a sleeping bag by the team.

The man who discovered his body, Jay, said when he got into the middle of Stephen’s Green he “noticed somebody looked like they were asleep on the ground”. He spoke to Drivetime about what occurred.

“I noticed that people were looking at him and just moving on,” he said. “As I got closer to him I just realised you could see a bit of his face, he didn’t look right. I sat down on the seat and I kept looking at him. I had this feeling there was something wrong, I was calling at him asking him was he ok and I didn’t get a reply out of him.”

He didn’t notice the man breathing, so moved his foot with his own foot, which didn’t budge. He then rang 999. When he touched the man’s hand and it was cold, he “got an awful shock” and then began calling for help.

He said that people were “just looking and kept walking”. CPR failed to revive the man.

Jay said he got upset afterwards thinking about people passing by and not helping.

- Additional reporting Aoife Barry

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