Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy removed an election poster next to the scene where a homeless man suffered “life-changing injuries”.
It is understood that the homeless man was sleeping in a tent when he was seriously injured by an industrial vehicle during work carried out by Waterways Ireland.
He was taken to Saint-Vincent Hospital where he reportedly underwent surgery for life-changing injuries.
Mr Murphy said he was “saddened” after hearing that a homeless man was seriously injured in an incident in Dublin yesterday.
He said he had “demanded a full report” on the incident, which I continued to investigate.
Photos had circulated of Mr. Murphy’s campaign poster which had been displayed a few feet from the site of the incident.
Mr Murphy said: “I was saddened to learn of the incident at the canal yesterday. My thoughts are with this poor man as he recovers in the hospital.”
He added: “My campaign poster that was at the scene has been removed.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was “concerned” about the incident, but also distanced himself from the government saying it was “the responsibility of Dublin City Council”.
He also called on the Lord Mayor of Dublin to make a statement.
Dublin City Council said in a statement earlier today: “An incident occurred yesterday, January 14, 2020, involving a homeless person on the Grand Canal in a process in which Waterways Ireland was withdrawing tents placed in a precarious and dangerous place.
“One person was injured in the process and was taken to hospital. The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive is currently liaising with the hospital and all support is provided.
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