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Deaths of Dublin homeless people being treated with 'utmost seriousness'

The deaths of two homeless people in 24 hours in the Republic is being treated with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity, Irish housing minister Eoghan Murphy has said.

A 26-year-old mother, who had accepted a recent offer of a house from South Dublin County Council, was found dead in a hotel room in Leixlip, Co Kildare on Wednesday afternoon.

It is understood she had been placed there in emergency accommodation with her children.

Following that tragedy, Jack Watson, as he asked to be known, died after being found unconscious on Suffolk Street in Dublin at 4am on Thursday.

Aged in his 50s, he had returned from Australia in 2015 and had connections with the UK.

"We are treating this with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity and providing them with every assistance that we can," Mr Murphy said.

"The unprecedented levels of homelessness that we are witnessing is totally unacceptable."

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