Homeless man in 'serious condition' after street cleaners removed his tent with him still inside
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Homeless man in 'serious condition' after street cleaners removed his tent with him still inside

A HOMELESS MAN is reportedly in a serious condition after getting injured when his tent was being removed from a street in Dublin.

The incident happened on Tuesday around 1pm on the Grand Canal at Wilton Terrace.

Gardai were alerted to the situation and are now conducting an investigation.

It's understood that the man's tent was being moved "in an attempt to tidy the canal walk way" by Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland.

An 'industrial vehicle' was reportedly used to move the tent, though council workers apparently didn't realise there was a man sleeping inside before they began removing it.

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The man was taken to St Vincent's University Hospital where he reportedly underwent surgery.

His injuries have been described as 'life-changing', and while he was initially reported to have been in a critical condition, it's understood that's now been updated to serious but stable.

It's believed that the man had been sleeping rough in the area for a number of months.

Following the incident, Anthony Flynn, CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless, said that "serious questions need to be asked of the DRHE (Dublin Region Homeless Executive) senior management on bed availability and the level of service."