Jonathan Corrie died in tragic circumstances on Monday having been living on the streets of Dublin for years.

The 43-year-old had been sleeping rough and died in a doorway of a building just metres from Leinster House.

His death has led to a public outcry about homelessness and rough sleeping but behind the headlines is the story of a man - a son, a father, a partner.

Mr Corrie had drug and alcohol addiction problems and his family and friends had tried many times over the years to help him get clean and get off the streets.

Originally from Kilkenny Mr Corrie had lived in the US but he returned to Ireland eight years ago a heroin addict.

He moved to Dublin in search of treatment with the aim of getting clean and starting a new life.

Jonathan's former partner Catherine McNeill said that this never happened as the drugs overpowered him. 

The former partner of Jonathan Corrie says he had wanted to start a new life


"He was saying that we'd start a new life - that he'd go up to Dublin and try to get on the methadone, then either I'd move up to Dublin or he'd come and live with me.

"That's what we were hoping for our future but unfortunately that never happened," she said. 

Jonathan's daughter Natasha said the State had failed Jonathan: "He could have been helped a bit more, like they didn't help him the way they should have helped him.

"Me and my ma tried our best to find him but we could never find him."

The distraught mother of Jonathan Corrie has said her family did everything possible to help him during his lifetime.

Last night, Jean Corrie told her former curate at St Canice's Cathedral in Kilkenny that she and her late-husband bought Jonathan two houses in succession to enable him and his girlfriend to move into.

Jonathan Corrie's mother spoke through her pastor about her son

Reverend Robert McCarthy said he understood that Jonathan had sold both houses.

They took endless trouble with him, the Church of Ireland clergyman told RTÉ News.

Ms Corrie told her pastor she also wanted it to be known that she was able to speak with her only son as recently as last week.

A former fellow-pupil of Kilkenny College spotted the 43-year-old on a street in Dublin, bought him a cup of coffee, and asked if he would like to speak to his mother.

He said he would and the man rang Ms Corrie.

She and Jonathan had a conversation on the phone.

Rev McCarthy said Jonathan had a drug dependency but the cause of his death would not be known until a post-mortem examination had been completed.

He said Mr Corrie had needed one-to-one, ongoing professional help.