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Homeless Man Seriously Injured In Canal Tent Removal

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

02:25 15 Jan 2020


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A homeless man has been seriously injured while his tent was being removed from the banks of the Grand Canal.

He was asleep yesterday afternoon, when a team from Waterways Ireland began a clean-up of what it's called a "public safety hazard".

People living near Wilton Terrace say the man had been living in a tent close to the bridge for some time.

He was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he is in a serious but stable condition.

Waterways Ireland said it was removing what it called "a public safety hazard".

It is unclear if the inside of the tent was checked before teams attempted to remove it.

Waterways Ireland said, while an investigation is ongoing, it is "obliged to not comment further".

Forensic teams have now moved in to examine the area.

The Taoiseach said he understood teams "did check the tents before removing them".

However, Leo Varadkar admitted "obviously, something went wrong here".

Dublin City Council said "every action that is taken by state services is taken in the interest of health and safety of those individuals experiencing homelessness".

"Our thoughts are with the man at this time", a statement read.

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