Belfast Telegraph

Man who died in Dublin A&E 'went unnoticed for 12 hours'

By Conor Feehan

A man found dead in a Dublin hospital's waiting area was slouched over in a chair for nearly 12 hours, according to his heartbroken family.

Security camera footage shows Brian Hamilton (40), from Crumlin, arriving at Tallaght Hospital's emergency department around 2am on Saturday.

His family have been told he appears to have gone to the toilet and returned to the seating area at around 4am. But from that point, until nearly 12 hours later, it seems nobody approached him until a member of staff spotted he was dead in the chair.

"We just cannot understand how he could have been left so long," his sister Paula said.

"Surely there should be some protocol to check on people?

"We are all still only getting over the death of our mother in May last year, something which affected Brian badly, and now we are trying to get our heads around this."

His sister said Mr Hamilton came from a good and loving home where his parents worked hard, adding: "Brian was a soft soul but he had his demons."

His brother Michael added: "He had problems with alcohol, and he was doing his best to address them. To get treatment he had to register as homeless to get into the Simon detox centre, but he wasn't sleeping rough on the streets."

A spokesperson for Tallaght University Hospital confirmed a person passed away in the waiting area of its emergency department on Saturday afternoon. They said it couldn't comment any further as the matter is the subject of a Garda investigation.

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