Gardaí are investigating the death of a homeless man who was found dead near Leinster House overnight.

The body of the man, who was aged in his 40s, was found in a tent on Leinster Lane off Nassau Street in the early hours of this morning.

It is understood that he was not known to homeless outreach services and efforts are being made to identify him.

He is believed to have travelled down from Northern Ireland yesterday before spending the night in Dublin.

It comes nearly six years to the day since the death of Jonathan Corrie whose body was found in a doorway near Leinster House on 1 December, 2014.

A second man was found dead in his home on Longford Street off Aungier Street, also in the early hours of this morning.

He was also aged in his 40s, but was living in long-term sheltered accommodation and he was not classified as homeless.

Gardaí are not treating either death as suspicious.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald raised the issue during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil, saying it was very distressing and that the issue of street homelessness needs to be addressed.

Anthony Flynn, Dublin City Councillor and CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless, called on the Minister for Housing to use executive powers to instruct the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive to ensure that anyone who is in need of emergency accommodation can get a bed.  

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, he said there should be no one without a bed at this time of the year, nor should there be any more deaths before Christmas.

Mr Flynn is bringing an emergency motion to Dublin City Council tomorrow to instruct DRHE to grant access to a bed to anyone who needs one.

Focus Ireland has offered condolences to the families and friends of those affected by recent homeless deaths.

CEO Pat Dennigan said that everyone in the organisation is deeply concerned and upset by the number of deaths during 2020.

He said: "These fatalities are further unspeakable tragedies nearly six years since Jonathan Corrie was found dead near Government Buildings.

"Anyone who is homeless, whether they are rough sleeping or in emergency accommodation, needs long-term stable accommodation with the appropriate wraparound support.

"We must also focus on prevention to reduce people from entering into homelessness. The circumstances of any death are often complex and respect must be shown to the deceased, as well as to the families who are grieving."