Man’s body may have been in flat for six months

A NORTH Corkman whose body was found in his former council flat in Limerick yesterday may have been dead for six months.

Gardaí were last night carrying out an investigation into the circumstances of the man’s death, but said there was nothing to indicate anything suspicious.

The man, who was in his late 50s, was in the process of moving out of his flat and transferring to a council house when he was last seen alive about six months ago.

Concern was raised when he fell into arrears with his rent. The deceased was living in Hyde Flats in Ballinacurra Weston, which are due to be demolished.

After being allocated a council house in Visas Court, near O’Connell Avenue, he went to the council headquarters to sign the rental agreement and was given seven days to complete the move from his flat to the council house.

Cllr Jim Long said: “This is a tragedy.

“When he fell into rent arrears council officials went to the house he was allocated in Visas Court and were told that the resident was away in Co Cork visiting relatives.”

Mr Long said that council officials became concerned again and contacted the social services.

When officials called to the house at Visas Court yesterday it was vacant.

Mr Long said it was then decided to search the man’s old flat in Ballinacurra Weston where his body was found.

Insp Gerry McNamara of Roxboro Road said last night they were trying to make contact with the man’s relatives in Co Cork.

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