A scheduled meeting of Galway City Council was cancelled yesterday after the body of a man in his late 20s was found in bushes at the front of City Hall.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University College Hospital shortly after noon yesterday for a postmortem.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was from the city and was known to gardaí. According to today’s Irish Times, he had returned to Galway late last week and had engaged with housing services over the weekend.

In a statement issued yesterday Galway City Council extended its sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased.

The October meeting of Galway City Council  was deferred , according to the mayor, Cllr Niall McNelis, as a mark of respect.

Mr McNelis said he was shocked and saddened at the death of the young man. And he has asked Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to visit the city as winter looms and the homeless problem intensifies.

The Mayor has now written to the Minister for Housing  to outline his concerns and to ensure the council and agencies have all the resources they need. He has also asked the Minister to visit the city and meet those working in frontline services, and about how the Housing First strategy can be prioritised in Galway.

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