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Homeless Suspected in Dublin Grand Canal Drowning Tragedy

Dublin: Gardaí experts have recovered the bodies of two individuals who drowned in Dublin’s Grand Canal. Initial reports indicate that both were Irish nationals and homeless. The bodies of two men in their 40s were found near the Ranelagh Road bridge.

While the identities of the deceased have been tentatively established, formal confirmation is pending. The discovery was made early Saturday morning after a passer-by alerted authorities about two bodies floating in the water. Gardaí arrived at the scene at 8 a.m..

Nearby, many individuals were residing in tents, including international protection applicants, who were shocked to learn of the incident when emergency services arrived. Volunteer workers expressed dismay, noting the precarious situation faced by asylum seekers and homeless individuals who lack stable accommodations beyond tents and sleeping bags.

It is reported that numerous refugees and homeless individuals reside in railway bridges, abandoned buildings, and along the banks of the Grand Canal. Calls have been made for increased intervention and support for the homeless community.

Fianna Fáil TD Jim Callaghan and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) extended their condolences. The DRHE advised those in need to contact local authorities for assistance.

Additionally, the DRHE encouraged the public to download the Rough Sleeper Alert app, aimed at aiding individuals most vulnerable to homelessness.

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