A garda investigation is underway after a homeless man in a tent received life-altering injuries when an industrial vehicle sought to remove it from the banks of the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has also called for a full report into the incident, while also stating he had removed his election campaign poster which had been overlooking the scene at the junction of Wilton Terrace and Leeson Street in Dublin city centre.

The man was seriously injured when a tent that was removed by a vehicle during the works carried out by Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland between noon and 1pm yesterday. He was taken to St Vincent’s University Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Dublin Simon confirmed that its outreach team had been working with the man prior to the incident.

Its communications officer Caoimhe O’Connell said: “We had previously been engaging with the man and will support him in his recovery.”

Ms O’Connell said due to the duty of care to the man she was not in a position to give any further details as to his condition but added: “We are deeply saddened and it was horrific.”

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