Wo­man is found dead in grounds of church

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - By Craig Hughes

THE body of a wo­man in her 20s has been found in the grounds of a church in Dublin city cen­tre.

The wo­man, who was be­lieved to be home­less, was dis­cov­ered at St Michan’s Church on Ar­ran Quay in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The church is close to the Ca­puchin Day Cen­tre, which pro­vides food to the home­less.

It is be­lieved she died sud­denly and gar­daí are not treat­ing her death as sus­pi­cious.

Brian McLough­lin, a spokesman for the In­ner City Help­ing Home­less char­ity, crit­i­cised the Gov­ern­ment, say­ing it was an­other avoid­able death on the city’s streets.

‘This has to stop. Home­less­ness and hous­ing are at na­tional emer­gency lev­els and we still don’t see proper ac­tion be­ing taken by the Gov­ern­ment,’ he said.

‘The main so­lu­tion from gov­ern­ment in re­duc­ing the num­ber of home­less peo­ple in the coun­try seems to be to re­clas­sify peo­ple, re­move nonEU na­tion­als and peo­ple in longterm health fa­cil­i­ties from home­less fig­ures.

‘The po­lit­i­cal will just isn’t there to fix this is­sue, it doesn’t seem to mat­ter how many deaths oc­cur on our streets, it doesn’t change the lack of ur­gency from the Gov­ern­ment.’

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