Monday 11 December 2017

Woman sleeping in tent becomes third homeless death this week

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is set to convene an emergency housing summit this week

Cork city
Cork city
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A woman who was sleeping rough in a tent is the third homeless death this week.

The woman is aged in her thirties. She is understood to have been a client of Simon Community services in Cork, according to the Irish Independent.

It is believed she may have accessed the services for assistance after she was evicted from her rented flat earlier this year.

She was discovered in a tent near Gilabbey Rock, in the south-west of the city, in the early hours of Friday morning.

The woman's death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage by gardaí.

Gardaí said their investigation will be directed by the post-mortem findings.

The family of the woman have appealed for privacy.

The woman's death brings to three the number of homeless people who have died this week in Ireland.

A mother-of-two (25) died tragically in emergency accommodation in Kildare, while a man (aged in his 50s) who was found unconscious on Suffolk Street in Dublin later passed away in hospital.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is now set to convene an emergency housing summit this week.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone yesterday expressed her frustration at the delays in increasing the supply of social housing.

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