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Council says man found dead on Dublin street was not homeless

The DRHE said volunteers had provided information about the deceased man that was not confirmed by the appropriate authorities.

The man's body was found outside Starbucks on Dublin's Westmoreland Street.
The man's body was found outside Starbucks on Dublin's Westmoreland Street.
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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL’s Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has said that the young man found dead on a Dublin street last weekend was not homeless.

The man, who was in his 30s, is believed to have originally been from Naas, Co Kildare.

His body was found on Sunday morning outside Starbucks (formerly Bewley’s) on Westmoreland Street, just south of the Liffey.

The DRHE said in a statement that “a number of voluntary on-street homeless groups” had circulated information about the deceased man that was not confirmed by the appropriate authorities.

A spokesperson said the DRHE wanted to “emphasise the importance of voluntary on-street services verifying information with the relevant emergency services in advance of public discussion of incidents or fatalities on the street relating to homelessness”.

The circulation of misinformation can be very distressing to family members, who have just experienced a tragic bereavement.

The DRHE said there was no record of the deceased man accessing homeless accommodation services in the Dublin region and that he was not known to its housing first team, which provides rough sleepers with direct access to housing.

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