Death of male Homeless Service User on Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE), on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities,  would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of the individual, who  very sadly passed away early this morning (Friday, January 9th) on Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Please note the individual has not yet been formally identified and there is a need to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity until his family can be notified.

Statutory and state- funded voluntary homeless services have made a significant number of interventions with this individual since February 2011. Accommodation was reserved for him on an ongoing basis, including last night (Thursday January 8th – Friday January 9th 2015). He did not present to the accommodation service last night.

In addition, Dublin’s Housing First Service[1] was working closely with this individual and was providing assertive and holistic support to him. The Housing First Intake Team had a support meeting with this individual yesterday (8th January) to assess his health needs and progress his housing registration with the local authority.  We understand that the individual had a history of private rented accommodation and had been working in Dublin, previous to accessing homeless services in February 2011.

In response to the major challenge of rough sleeping in the Dublin region since the beginning of December in 2014 total of 271 additional beds have been put in place.

The DRHE is monitoring uptake of these beds on a daily basis and the early indications are that there is almost full occupancy of the totality of emergency beds available. However there were at least 9 beds that remained unused in the Dublin region last night (Thursday January 8th – Friday January 9th).

Please provide the following information to ensure that homeless services can continue to assist those who may be at risk of homelessness:

Housing First Service.

If a person is sleeping rough and needs accommodation and support or if they are interested in referring to the state-funded Housing First Service provided by The Peter Mc Verry Trust and Focus Ireland

Contact -  01 6712555 (Outreach emergencies 086 8139015 out-of-hours service).

If a member of the public would like to make the Housing First Service aware of a person who may be sleeping rough in the Dublin region and is in need of assistance please contact the confidential weblink on

Central Placement Service, Homeless Services, Dublin City Council

This assessment and placement service is available during the day on Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 for individuals and families presenting as homeless in the Dublin City Council area. In addition, assessment and placement services are in place in the housing departments of South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The out-of -hours access to emergency accommodation is

Contact - FREEPHONE 1800 707 707.

The reasons for people becoming homeless are both complex and wide ranging.  However, there is a particular risk for families with tenancies in the private rental sector. The DRHE, on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities set up a preventative initiative provided by Threshold’s Tenancy Protection Service and we would strongly urge all families to contact this dedicated service for support on as soon as they feel that their tenancy may be at risk

Contact - FREEPHONE 1800 454 454

For further information please contact:
Lisa Kelleher Head of Communications and Training
Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council
T: 01 2226891

[1] NOTE: Housing First Service - focusing on outreach functions, as well as intake for Housing First tenancies. The team have responsibility for engagement and responding to the accommodation and support needs of people sleeping rough in the Dublin region. They will also be the first point of contact for entry and assessment for those interested in referring to Housing First. This is a state –funded service provided by The Peter Mc Verry Trust and Focus Ireland.