Homeless man seriously injured after tent removed by industrial vehicle

A homeless man has been left seriously injured after his tent was removed by an industrial vehicle.

Waterways Ireland was removing tents it said were "placed in a precarious and dangerous location", when the man was injured.

The man was sleeping in a tent near the Grand Canal in Dublin city centre when it was removed during works to tidy the walkway.

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon in the Wilton Terrace area.

The man was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Gardai said investigations are ongoing.


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Dublin City Council said in a statement: "An individual was injured during the process and was taken to hospital.

"The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive is currently liaising with the hospital and every support is being provided.

"Our thoughts are with the man at this time.

"The Executive has been engaging with the individual for some time and accommodation remains available to him.

"Every action that is taken by state services is taken in the interest of health and safety of those individuals experiencing homelessness.

"The matter is currently being investigated by the Gardai and there will be no further comment."

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