Hard times: Henryk Piotrowski. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

It used to be easy enough to find Henryk Piotrowski. Even in the rough and tumble world of homelessness his days were carefully measured out in visits(...)

Gardaí attend the scene in which the body of a man was found by staff unloading a waste truck at a Panda facility on Ballymount Road, Dublin 2, yesterday morning. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos

Gardaí believe a man found dead in a pile of rubbish at a waste disposal facility in Dublin yesterday was homeless and sleeping in an industrial-sized(...)

Soup kitchens, like this one in Dublin, are serving free meals to increasing numbers of people who have fallen on hard times.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A network of soup kitchens is serving 2,445 free meals each week. The founder of Twist Soup Kitchens, Oliver Williams, said yesterday there had been “(...)

Fr Ger Fitzgerald blesses the coffin of Josef Pavelka, who was buried at Drumcliff cemetery yesterday following Mass at Ennis Cathedral. Photograph: Eamon Ward

The 10am funeral Mass of Josef Pavelka (58), a Czech national who had been intermittently sleeping in public toilets in Ennis, Co Clare, and wh(...)

The late Josef Pavelka. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Ennis is to be the eternal home for Czech national Josef Pavelka after efforts to repatriate the man’s body to his native country have failed. (...)

 Josef Pavelka: “a wonderful man and a gentle and a loving man”

A priest told mourners at a vigil to remember homeless man Josef Pavelka last night that now is not a time to be angry but to remember “a real(...)

 Josef Pavelka

A judge told a court yesterday nobody can be proud of the life Josef Pavelka had in lreland despite the man’s self-inflicted problems. (...)

Peter Baram, in Ennis, Co Clare, following the death of his friend Josef Pavalka. “He is my best friend and he is gone,” he said. “We were together every day from 7am until 10 at night. We never argued. I miss him very much.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

The death of a homeless man in Ennis, Co Clare, at the weekend could have been avoided “if there was more a hands-on response to his situation”(...)

Flowers at the spot where Josef Pavelka was found dead in Ennis. Photograph: Eamon Ward

It wasn’t difficult to locate Polish native Piotr Baram (36) and his best friend, Czech national Josef Pavelka (52). One wet Wednesday evening (...)

Josef Pavelka (left) and Piotr Baram in the public toilet in the market area of Ennis that served as a makeshift home. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Homeless man Josef Pavelka (52) – whose plight received national attention after it emerged he was living in a pu(...)

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