Homeless man found dead in Phoenix Park is 'fourth homeless death in eight days'
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Homeless man found dead in Phoenix Park is 'fourth homeless death in eight days'

A HOMELESS man who was yesterday found dead in Dublin's Phoenix Park has brought the death toll of Dublin's homeless citizens to four in just eight days.

The un-named man was found in Phoenix Park at approximately 5.30pm yesterday evening, according to Gardaí.

Emergency services attended to the man but he was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene and brought to Dublin City Mortuary.

Gardaí are said to be treating his death as a personal tragedy, and there will be no criminal investigation.

Dublin-based charity Inner City Helping Homeless later released a statement condemning "another tragic and avoidable death of a man that was registered with homeless services".

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The ICHH spokesperson went on to state that this man is the fourth homeless person to be reported dead to their service in the last eight days alone, and that it has been just two months since the last time a homeless person known to them died from a 'personal tragedy'.

"We have consistently stated that there aren’t the proper wrap around supports in place to support the mental health of people experiencing homelessness," the ICHH spokesperson said.

"Many people that become homeless have pre existing mental health issues, however a huge amount of adults and children are developing severe mental health issues as a result of becoming homeless."

CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless and Independent Councillor Anthony Flynn said:

“This is obviously a very tragic incident and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and the person who found this man in such sorrowful circumstances.

Mr Flynn reiterated the sentiment that homeless people were being failed by the lack of support services available to them, and went on to say that this lack of support "is contributing to a system that is in complete turmoil".

"Deaths within services are on the increase. We need an overhaul of the system and those who are vulnerable need to be given the appropriate supports.

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"There is a serious lack of empathy and compassion.”