Female rough sleeper found dead in Cork city centre
A female rough sleeper has been found dead in Cork city centre this morning.
According to gardai the body of a woman believed to be in her 40s was discovered at around 11am on Oliver Plunkett Street Lower in the city centre.
It is understood it was discovered near the city's bus station.
The area, which is sheltered by high buildings on either side, is a well-known spot for the homeless and those sleeping rough in Cork.
It is understood the woman was a rough sleeper in the city.
The body has been removed to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem.
Investigations into the cause of the woman's death are ongoing.
The woman’s death brings to eight the number of people who have died sleeping rough in less than three months in Ireland according to anti-homelessness campaigners.
Mick Barry, the Solidarity and Socialist Party TD for Cork North Central said he was "deeply saddened" to hear about the woman's death.
"There is a growing homelessness crisis in Cork and a growing rough sleeper crisis in Cork."
Last week, a middle-aged man was found unresponsive in a tent in school grounds in Ranelagh in south Dublin - and another, believed to be from Lithuania, succumbed outside the Four Courts.
The man outside the courthouse was aged in his late 30s.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said 3,800 more social homes were due to be built next year to help take people off the streets, and committed to 200 extra emergency beds by the middle of next month.
He added: "The constraining factor will not be money from the Government.
"It will be the ability of site construction workers and others to build the houses that we desperately need."
The Peter McVerry Trust homeless charity said last week: "Unfortunately, there have been an unprecedented number of deaths involving people sleeping rough since late August."
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