A HOMELESS man has been found dead in Dublin city centre in the early hours of this morning.
The man, who has not been named but it understood to be in his 30's, was known to the charity Inner City Helping Homeless, and is believed to have died by suicide.
The tragedy is the fourth homeless death in Dublin this week-- on Tuesday, two women were found dead within hours of each other at a centre for the homeless, and a man had died a few days prior.
CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless and local Councillor Anthony Flynn has said the rise in the number of deaths is a "stain on the homeless services".
Cllr Flynn told Dublin Live :
"Obviously any deaths within the homeless services is tragic, but what we are seeing is an increase in the number of people who have passed away in the homeless services.
"This is just another example of how the mental health supports aren't in place for the people who are suffering.
"We have called on the Housing Minister over the last number of days to ensure we have the appropriate mental health support services for every individual that enters the homeless services. That’s just not happening. It’s not happening on the ground."
Speaking yesterday to The Irish Times after the bodies of two women were found in the Abigail Centre for homeless women, Cllr Flynn reiterated that the "continued calls for proper mental health supports went unheard by the outgoing government."
“We are failing on mental health and we are also failing on homelessness.
"Unfortunately both of these come hand in hand in these tragic circumstances. I believe we need and require a mental health taskforce ensuring the appropriate wrap-around supports are available to all in homelessness”.