Anger and upset is being expressed on social media this morning after it was reported that a homeless man had to undergo surgery for “life-changing injuries” after his tent was removed by “an industrial vehicle”.
The man is now in a serious condition in hospital.
He was sleeping in a tent near the Grand Canal in Dublin yesterday afternoon, when it was reportedly removed by an industrial vehicle as works were carried out by Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland.
RTÉ reports that ‘the man was admitted to St Vincent’s University Hospital, and has undergone surgery for what are described as life-changing injuries.’
Gardaí said in a statement that the tent was being removed “in an attempt to tidy the canal walk way”.
People have taken to social media to express anger and upset at what has happened.
Oh my god, why did nobody check? And why are the council removing tents and sleeping bags from homeless people in the first place, they are all they have.
— Arlene Hunt (@arlenehunt) January 15, 2020
Just heard 7am RTÉ news a child dismembered in a gang feud and a homeless man “bulldozed” in a tent in Dublin What kind of a country have we become? I despair
— Ray O Brien (@RazorOB702) January 15, 2020