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Tribute: Jonathan Corrie’s children Natasha and Nathan travelled with mum Catherine to visit spot where their dad died

Tribute: Jonathan Corrie’s children Natasha and Nathan travelled with mum Catherine to visit spot where their dad died

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Jonathan Corrie

The teenage daughter of tragic homeless man Jonathan Corrie will take part in a sleep-out at the spot where he died on a Dublin street.

Natasha McNeill Corrie (14) will sleep rough for the night a few metres from the Dail in memory of her father.

The event is being organised by the charity Hope4homeless, and is expected to be attended by some of the Love/Hate television series cast members.

Natasha is to be accompanied by her mother, Catherine McNeill.

Outcry

"I'm upset about my Daddy passing away, but he's in a better place now. It's brilliant they are taking homeless people off the streets, it's about time," said Natasha.

Mr Corrie (43) died on December 1 on Molesworth Street, within sight of Leinster House.

His death sparked a nationwide outcry about the insufficient support and resources available to people sleeping rough on the streets. Protesters have demanded reform and more support for those struggling with addiction.

"Something needs to be done and fast - it's not fair on the homeless, they're freezing," said Natasha.

"They need a good three meals a day to keep them healthy, and a home. Everyone is entitled to that chance so they should get it.

Speaking of the sleep-out, she said: "It's lovely to have something there in memory of my daddy. But it's a pity he won't be here with me at Christmas."

Natasha said previously that she and her brother Nathan (16), a stepson of Mr Corrie, used to travel from their home in Kilkenny in the home of finding him. They had not seen him for two years.

Mr Corrie's mother Jean has revealed, through her former pastor Robert McCarthy, that her family had purchased two homes for Jonathan.

Mr McCarthy said Mr Corrie's family had purchased two homes for their troubled son, but that he needed help on a "one-to-one basis".

After his death, an emergency summit called by the Government led to an announcement that a bed would be made available for every homeless person around the country over Christmas.

Meanwhile, business owners have objected to Dublin City Council plans to develop a wet homeless shelter in the heart of Dublin's historic Georgian district.

Resistance

The council plans to convert an old hotel on Fitzwilliam Street into temporary accommodation for the poor.

The council paid €7m for the property in 2007 to transform it into a hostel that would allow residents to drink alcohol.

The council plans to spend €700,000 on the old Longfield's Hotel as part of its strategy to help the city's growing numbers of homeless.

But the proposal has met with resistance from a number of groups, including the Irish Georgian Society, which expressed concerns about the architecturally sensitive 18th century building.

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