A vigil will be held by a homeless charity outside the Dáil this evening in memory of Thomas Boyd Dowling who was found dead in a tent in Dublin City Centre on Monday morning.
The 44-year-old father and grandfather was discovered at Loftus Lane off Bolton Street at around 3am, and was treated at the scene by emergency services but later pronounced dead.
This evening, the homeless charity ‘Lend a Hand’ will hold a vigil in his memory outside Leinster House at 7.30 pm.
“This is Thomas, he died on our Streets yesterday In a tent in a lane, alone,” they posted earlier this week.
The group said it wanted to “remember Thomas as the human he was and to remind our peers to start looking after and providing adequate hostel accommodation so no other person has to die alone in a tent on the street.”
“He is not just “a homeless person, He was a person.”
“A person with a face and a family who loved him! A decent person that fell on hard times, we met him every week, we probably gave him the tent he died in. The only home on offer to him at the time,” they wrote.
“We need to stop being so desensitised by just another homeless person!! He was Homeless but he was much more than just that.”
“He always waited his turn, he was never rude, had lovely manners and always looked out for us girls.”
“His friends on the streets are also devastated to lose another pal to the neglect of our peers.”
“Please join us in remembering Thomas on Thursday, bring a candle and let’s not let his death be in vain.”