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Homelessness problem the worst it has ever been in the city

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Homelessness in Galway city is the worst in 20 years, according to assistant CEO of Cope Galway, Martin O'Connor, his comments come in the wake of this week's death of young man in the grounds of City Hall.

The man, who has been named as Martin Carroll (29), was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University College Hospital shortly after noon for a postmortem. The postmortem ruled out any suspicious circumstances relating to the death. He was known to the gardaí, was from the city, had returned to Galway late last week, and had engaged with housing services over the weekend. COPE Galway is understood to have described Mr Carroll as a "nice young lad who had gone astray".

Mr O'Connor, who has been working with the homeless for two decades, says the discovery of Mr Carroll once again highlights the problem of homelessness and the chronic shortage of social housing in the city.


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