Responding to the tragic death of a homeless man on Molesworth Street across the road from Leinster House Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen commented that “I want to express my sympathy on the passing of a homeless man this morning outside Leinster House.  Dying on the streets is not a dignified and proper way for anyone to pass away.  Happening in the shadow of the national parliament it is a sharp reminder of the scale of the problem we face as a country.  As TDs, Senators and staff walked into work this morning they were faced with a very real example of just how bad the problem has become in Dublin and in other cities across Ireland.

“As we enter the Christmas period it’s important we remember those less fortunate than ourselves and the need to tackle the blight of homelessness which is scarring our capital city.  This morning’s sad discovery on the doorstep of the national parliament should be a wakeup call to all of us who work here in Leinster House about the pressing need to take action on homelessness.”

“I will be raising this issue with Minister Alan Kelly at the Environment Committee tomorrow,” Deputy Cowen concluded.