Homeless City Man Found Dead

Eoghan Dalton Reports
Gardaí have confirmed that a homeless man who was found dead in the St John’s Park area was out in the overnight weather in the hours prior to his death. The man was found by Gardaí at 7.45am on Thursday last, November 22nd at Grange Cohan. He was discovered lying on the ground unresponsive and not breathing.
A Garda spokesman said they are satisfied there was no malicious intent surrounding the death of the man and a file is being prepared for the Coroner’s Court. He was from the city and was in his late 40s.
CCTV footage showed he had fallen on at least one occasion before collapsing and it is understood he spent several hours in the weather

“You hear about this happening in places like Dublin, but when it happens in our own town, it’s hard to know what to say,” Marina Mullalley of The Helping Hand told this newspaper. Ms Mullalley is a committee member with homeless charity, which provides food and items to people at St Patrick’s Gateway. “That it’s somebody we know is from Waterford as well, it’s so sad.”An official from the local authority’s homeless services office said they could not comment on the death specifically.

According to Met Éireann the temperature in the early hours of last Thursday was slightly above zero degrees Celsius. Waterford City & County Council operates a cold weather initiative where a facility in the city centre is opened during severe weather, which can include cold weather or heavy rain. The Council has outreach teams that communicate with people described as rough sleepers, who sometimes refuse accommodation, and advise them on the accommodation available to them. It further advises that if anybody sees a person who is sleeping rough in the locality then they should contact its homeless services at 0761-10-2020

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