Founder of Inner City Helping Homeless and Dublin City councillor Anthony Flynn has died in tragic circumstances.
Mr Flynn, 35, had been suspended from his role at Inner City Helping Homeless earlier this month following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Gardaí say they are investigating all the circumstances following the discovery of the “body of a man in his 30s, at a property in Caledon Court, East Wall this afternoon,” a statement said.
“The body has been removed from the scene to the mortuary in Whitehall where a post-mortem will take place in due course, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.”
Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.
Mr Flynn founded the housing charity in Dublin city centre in 2013 after working in the youth community and voluntary sector
His suspension came earlier this month after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Mr Flynn was interviewed by Gardai as part of a major investigation by officers from the Divisional Protective Services Unit (DPSU) at Store Street Garda Station who probe sexual crimes. However, it’s understood that he was not arrested.
Inner City Helping Homeless confirmed it had suspended an employee and a statement from the charity said “serious matters have come to the attention of the board”.
“We immediately initiated an investigation and commenced an independent process which we expect recommendations from shortly. In the interim, we have suspended an employee and the use of a separate service provider.”
Mr Flynn served on multiple boards including the Community Awareness of Drugs, Grangegorman Redevelopment and the Dominick Street Regeneration Board.
He was appointed to the Dublin City Council Housing Special Policy Committee alongside the Joint Policing Committee for Dublin City after being elected as an independent in 2019
ICHH has a branch in Navan.
One volunteer, based in Dublin, told Meath Live ‘What Anthony Flynn did was he walked the walk when others just talked the talk, he was on the frontline and he was the kind of guy who cut through the bullshit and red tape and got the job done.
‘If somebody needed a bed for the night then Anthony would move heaven and earth to ensure they got it that kind of attitude may on occasion have put people’s nose out of joint but once Anthony achieved the desired result for the homeless person he was satisfied.
‘If I was to sum him up in a few words, I’d opt for a decent man, that was him to a tee.’
Another said, ‘If it wasn’t for Anthony Flynn’s drive the seriousness of the homeless crisis might never have been as exposed as it is, it would have been very easy to sweep it under the carpet but Anthony God rest him, was determined that wouldn’t happen.
‘He didn’t just pay lip service to it either he tried as best he could to do something about it, his death is not just a tragedy it is genuinely tragic, one of the good guys is gone.’