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Homeless woman dies

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:05pm

The death of a homeless woman in Cork city shows just how vulnerable homeless people are.

That was the sentiment of Paul Sheehan, spokesman for Cork Simon, whose emergency centre is located not far from where a homeless woman was found dead yesterday morning.

The woman in her 40s was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor and her body was removed to CUH mortuary where a full post mortem examination was due to take place.

Mr Sheehan told the Cork Independent: “Our thoughts are very much with her family. No matter what the circumstances, it’s a big loss.”

He also offered his condolences to the people who were working with and supporting her and with her friends.

He added: “It demonstrates how vulnerable people are when they are homeless and sleeping rough. It has a huge impact across the board when someone dies.”

Mr Sheehan also said that it will make other homeless people aware of their own vulnerability.

A garda spokesperson told the newspaper yesterday: “Gardaí at Anglesea Street Garda Station are investigating a sudden death of a female of 40 years.”

The spokesperson continued: “Her body was discovered this morning 11.03am on Oliver St Plunkett Street. A doctor pronounced her dead at the scene. She will be removed to the mortuary and a full post mortem will take place.”

Sinn Féin Cork South Central TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed his sadness and condolences to the woman’s family and friends.

"This is absolutely tragic, and quite shocking. We do not have the full detail of this case as yet. While each case is different and has its own detail, we cannot ignore what is a real and developing trend.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the Government is not being aggressive enough in tackling homelessness and the housing crisis. 

"They could be building more social housing, acquiring turnkey units, and providing better supports for the homeless."

This is the second time that a homeless woman has died in Cork this year. Another woman was found dead in a tent on Gilabbey Park in September.

Missing man

Meanwhile yesterday morning a woman who works in Blarney rang into ‘The Neil Prendeville Show’ on RedFM rang looking for information about a homeless man who hasn’t been seen in the area for a while.

She said: “He used to live by Blarney Castle and he used to live in the woods and under the bridge. In February he moved and once again you would still keep an eye out for him. You would see him walking along the Commons Road and he used to get his food out of the bins.

“But we haven’t seen him since September, October. We’ve made enquiries but we’re not getting any answers.”

She said that there was rumours that he had died, that he gone into hospital and there was other stories that he had moved to Fermoy or Waterford.

She said she wanted to know what has happened to him to that the rumours and stories could be eliminated.

Mr Sheehan added that Cork Simon is aware of the man: “Our outreach team is in regular contact with him and we’re aware of his needs and we’re working to engage with him.”


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