Belfast Telegraph

Government urged to act on homelessness crisis after man's death

The Government is under renewed pressure to tackle the country's homelessness crisis following the death of a man who was sleeping rough in Dublin.

The homeless man was found in Adair Lane in the Temple Bar area of the city.

He has not yet been identified.

Gardai said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

The Dublin Simon Community has raised concern about the fate of those living on the streets coming into the winter.

"(We) deeply hope that another person does not perish in these very tragic and sad circumstances," said Sam McGuinness from Dublin Simon Community,

He added: "While we have no further information on the circumstances of the man's death at this moment, we do know that people who are homeless and sleeping on our streets are very vulnerable; particularly as we move into the colder weather and harsher conditions."

Mr McGuinness warned that as the homelessness crisis continues to escalate the soup kitchen and rough sleeper teams see first hand the difficulties that people on the streets are faced with.

He said: "People are tired, they are undernourished, their medication may not be used and they are open to other exposures like alcohol or drugs.

"We are seeing great efforts by the Dublin Simon Community, the local authorities and other housing bodies, to deliver additional emergency beds as the demand increases.

"However, the ever rising flow into homelessness means that there is a real challenge to keep up with the demand for beds."

The Government recently announced a 1.83bn euro allocation to housing in Budget 2018 in a bid to address the housing and homelessness crisis.

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