The face of the man who died yards from Dail Eireann


Jonathan Corrie (43), known as Johnny to his friends, came from a caring family, but struggled with addiction problems since his teens.

Ultimately, he lost his battle with heroin addiction, only to be found on the streets early yesterday.

The young woman who discovered his body spoke to the Herald about the shocking experience.

Sophie Pigot (25) was on her way to work at around 8am when she saw Johnny lying on steps just yards from Leinster House.

Ms Pigot, who works with the international charity Addressing the Unaddressed, said that she knew something was wrong by the way his body was positioned on the ground.

“I was walking on the way to work along Molesworth Street and I saw a man lying in a doorway. He was lying in a very contorted way.

“His hand had gone blue. The way he was lying on the ground, it looked like it was broken,” she explained.

Ms Pigot ran across the road to Leinster House where a garda on duty said that he would contact an ambulance.

“I ran over and checked the man’s pulse. He was cold. I went across to Buswells Hotel and got a white sheet,” she said.

Ms Pigot placed the sheet over his face to cover him from passers-by. When the gardai arrived, she left the scene.

Asked why she decided to help the man, when many would have passed him by, Ms Pigot said she would see something was wrong.

“I think people think it’s okay to see homeless people as invisible,” she said.

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