Two homeless people were found dead in Dublin over the bank holiday weekend, bringing to “over 50” the number of those found dead while homeless in the first ten months of 2020.
Independent Councillor Anthony Flynn told the Irish Times that the number of deaths of homeless people had increased from 37 at this point in 2019.
That would mean a sharp rise in homeless deaths of more than 35% in the 2020 period.
Last weekend, a young mother of four was found dead in a tent in Lynch’s Lane in Clondalkin on October 24th. Gardai said that she may have died between 21st and 24th October. The woman (31) had four young children.
The body of a man in his 40s was also discovered in the city centre on Friday, 23rd October.
Dublin City Council has published its homeless cold weather strategy for the winter. As the weather worsens, the hardship endured by people without shelter becomes more acute.