The body of a man has been found in Temple Bar in Dublin. 

The discovery was made shortly before 7am at Cow's Lane.

The man had an emergency bed reserved for him last night according to homeless agencies.

The Dublin Regional Homeless executive also said that the man had been in contact with support services since early 2011.

The Homeless Executive has not released the man's identity but he is believed to have been a Lithuanian in his mid 50s.

The man was found dead at Cow's Lane in Temple Bar very close to the headquarters of the Homeless Executive in the Civic Offices building.

A passerby noticed the dead man around 7am and the emergency services later pronounced him dead.

He had been working here and living in private accommodation before becoming involved with homeless services in February 2011.

The man is understood to have been on three alcohol detoxification courses within the past eight months, but left the last one some weeks ago without completing it.

Local reports suggest he may have had some sort of convulsion, possibly an epileptic fit, before he died in the early hours of this morning.

In a statement, the Homeless Executive said that homeless services had made a number of interventions with the man and the Housing First organisation met with him yesterday to assess his health needs and to help with his application for housing.

But it said the man did not present himself for emergency accommodation last night and there were nine empty beds available.

A total of 271 extra emergency beds have been provided under an action plan announced by the government following the death of a homeless man outside the Dáil last month.

The Simon Community says there has been a reduction in rough sleepers in the city centre since then with an average of 50 a night now compared to a high of 98 last year.

Homeless charity Focus Ireland has said that the incident highlights the need for early intervention and preventative action.

Director of Advocacy Mike Allen said: "This is a very sad and tragic way for anyone to die.

“Sadly people who are entrenched in rough-sleeping are highly vulnerable and are often struggling with issues such as alcohol and general health problems.

"These issues can see people using emergency beds some nights and then sporadically sleeping rough"

"They are usually really struggling and we are working to support people but sometimes they don't always engage due to the complex issues involved," he added.