20th August 2021
Who was homeless campaigner Anthony Flynn, where did he work and why was he being investigated?
DUBLIN City councillor and charity boss Anthony Flynn, who was found dead yesterday, was best known for his campaigning work with Dublin’s homeless services.
The Independent Councillor for the North Inner City was found dead after taking his own life in Caledon Court, East Wall, Dublin yesterday afternoon.
Who was Anthony Flynn?
Mr Flynn grew up on Dorset street in Dublin’s north inner city
He was well known in the area and used to work in his family’s bar, Lloyd’s.
Mr Flynn founded the charity Inner City Helping Homeless in 2013 after working in the voluntary sector.
The charity, based on Amiens Street, was set up to combat the rising numbers of rough sleepers in the capital.
Mr Flynn was elected as an independent to Dublin City Council in 2019.
He was a member of the Dublin City Council Housing Special Policy Committee and the Joint Policing Committee for Dublin City.
What were the allegations against him?
Mr Flynn had been suspended by Inner City Helping Homeless over “serious matters” that came to its attention.
The charity had appointed a senior counsel to examine the accusations raised against him.
In a statement, the board of the homeless charity said it had also suspended the use of a separate service provider.
It is understood that two people came forward to make statements concerning an alleged abuse of power and it is believed there may have been other alleged victims.
Gardai spoke with Mr Flynn but he was never formally arrested.
In a statement over the weekend, ICHH chairman David Hall addressed the allegations against Mr Flynn saying: “in recent days, serious matters have come to the attention of the board”.
He said: “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.
“The board has also moved to appoint an independent senior counsel, Mr. Remy Farrell to fully evaluate issues of concern.
“We are in communication with the Charities Regulator.
“The board is mindful of the vital role our team of volunteers and staff play in the daily lives of those sleeping rough in Dublin.
“We are grateful to them and our wider network of supporters. We as a board will continue to take whatever steps are necessary at this time to protect and enhance the invaluable work of the organisation and the welfare of all service users.”
When did Mr Flynn die?
A spokesperson for the council last night said: “Dublin City Council is saddened to hear of the untimely death of Councillor Anthony Flynn.
“The Lord Mayor, Alison Gilliland, on behalf of Dublin City Council, extends her deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Inner City Helping Homeless Chairperson David Hall described Mr Flynn’s death as “heartbreaking news” in a statement to staff and volunteers yesterday.
He said: “This tragic loss is a source of deep shock to all of us at ICHH.
“I wish to express my personal sadness and deepest condolences to his family and friends at his passing and I am sure that you are all experiencing the same deep sense of sadness and loss.
“Anthony was a person who passionately cared about the plight of the homeless and fought to give them a voice and a home. As one of the founders of ICHH, he turned that belief into action.
“Anthony’s passing is a tragedy and we are all joined in expressing our condolences to Anthony’s family, friends, and colleagues.
“ICHH is committed to continuing the necessary work begun by Anthony.”