A post-mortem examination is due to take place on the body of a homeless man who was found dead in Dublin city centre this morning.

The discovery was made at around 9am just off Parnell Street on the northside of the city.

It is belived the man, thought to be in his late 50s, was sleeping rough in the area for the last couple of days.

Gardaí are not treating his death as suspicious.

It is the first reported death of a rough sleeper so far this year. 

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It brings the number of people who have died on the streets in the last five months to nine.

It is believed the man had been staying at a homeless hostel in town for some time but had slept rough for the past two nights.

The number of people sleeping rough has decreased since the all-time high figure of 184 was recorded last November.

Latest estimates suggest that number has reduce to around 100.

Additional beds for homeless people have been in place since late last year.

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