McVerry Charity, must have many Questions, here, especially, with Staff also? Body of Tony Dempsey, left for at least 10 Days, nobody reported his death?

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Peter McVerry housing charity launches own probe into drug den city flat after murder of criminal Tony Dempsey (28)

Body of victim is believed to have been inside property for days while people ‘came and went’

Murder victim Tony Dempsey
A garda at the scene in Coleraine Street in Dublin. Photo: Collins

Murder victim Tony Dempsey

September 15 2022 02:30 AM


The charity that manages the property where a murder victim lay dead for several days is carrying out an internal review.

The body of Tony Dempsey (28) was found in a flat at the Kevin Barry House complex on Coleraine Street, Dublin 7, on Monday evening.

Gardaí believe he was assaulted and may have been dead for more than a week while people entered and left the property before emergency services discovered him.

The Peter McVerry Trust confirmed it owns the flat and that it accommodated a tenant there, who was not the dead man, about 18 months ago.

It also said it was aware the tenant was “struggling to manage the front door” and that, as a result, staff visits to the property increased.

This happened as recently as last weekend, when Mr Dempsey’s remains are believed to have been inside.

The trust also said efforts had been made to support the client to surrender the tenancy and accommodate them elsewhere.

The Irish Independent yesterday submitted a series of questions to the charity, asking how many complaints it had received about the property and whether staff visits included inspecting the inside.

In response, a spokeswoman said: “There is an internal case review under way and we will not be commenting further at this stage.”

On Tuesday, the charity’s CEO, Pat Doyle, said: “We’re saddened at the loss of a young life and wish to express our sympathies to the family of the deceased.

“Staff visited the property daily, including over the weekend, and they had no indication or evidence that someone was deceased at the property or in the vicinity.”

Neighbours at the inner-city apartment complex said they had raised concerns in recent months about the flat where Mr Dempsey’s body was found.

The main issue, they said, was that drug users had been congregating there “all day, every day”, causing distress to other residents.

One local person, who asked not to be named, said: “The majority of people living here are decent and hard-working, but then there’s a small part causing serious problems.

“You would have problems with people coming to get their fix and hanging around the place the whole time. People have complained, but nothing’s been done.”

A source said investigators dealing with the murder were shocked that “people continued to come and go and stay in the flat while a decomposing body lay on the floor”.

  • “This flat was a drugs den and there were a number of people, both male and female, in it when gardaí arrived. How could they have just sat there? It’s simply not right,” the source added.

Detectives investigating Mr Dempsey’s death believe he was assaulted over a drugs row.

Originally from the south inner city, he was known to local gardaí for involvement in the drugs trade but was not considered a significant criminal.

He was previously sentenced to a prison term relating to a violent incident and had several convictions.

While no arrests have yet been made in relation to his death, gardaí have been speaking to people they believe were present at the flat in recent days.

They have also taken a statement under caution from one male and are in the process of locating others they want to speak with.

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