Teenager arrested as homeless man found dead in Dublin

Gardaí at the scene at a laneway off Madison Road in Kilmainham, Dublin 8 where a man was found dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy
Flowers at the scene in Kilmainhamwhere a man was found dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

A 16-year-old youth has been arrested in connection with the death of a homeless man in Kilmainham in Dublin.

The body of the man in his 40s was found in a laneway off Madison Road in the early hours of Monday morning. Gardaí were alerted to the incident at about 1.30am.

The identity of the victim is as yet unknown. It is understood his phone was missing when he was found.

The laneway is parallel to the South Circular Road and runs between Madison Road and Mayfield Road, two rows of red-bricked houses. Both ends of it were sealed off on Monday morning. A bouquet of flowers was left close to the Mayfield Road entrance.


Locals say a number of homeless people have been seen in the vicinity recently.

The male teenager who was arrested is being held at Kevin Street Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Resident David Carr said the area had been “plagued by teenage gangs” recently.

“ We didn’t feel like we got any police action,” he explained. “They became increasingly violent. They attacked anyone who looked different. For a while it quietened down, but lately there has been a bit more action.

“There was some teenagers kicking at my door recently and they were putting it up to me. There is a lot of intimidation.

“I can see them in the neighbourhood. They are very confident and very arrogant. I don’t know if it is the same group, I can’t be sure, but they act like a magnent. We don’t feel like we are being protected here.”

Gardaí in Kevin Street are appealing to anyone who may have any information about the incident to come forward.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination and the State Pathologist was notified.

Anyone who was in the Madison Lane area between the hours of 11pm and 2am should contact Kevin Street Garda station on 01 666 9400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.