A NUMBER of second-level students in Cork are being forced to study for state exams in toilets due to limited space in emergency accommodation settings.
The revelation came from Saint Vincent De Paul's Regional Vice President, Paddy O'Flynn, who spoke out about the issues facing young people in emergency accommodation.
"Much of the time," Mr O'Flynn said, "a young person has to attempt to study in cramped conditions with younger siblings.
“Our little group visiting those in emergency accommodation are finding young people struggling to study in bathrooms where, in many cases, there is insufficient light and heat.
“You can imagine a hotel room with an en suite. There might be three or four children in the same room and access can be limited."
As of November 2019 there was a total of 119 families living in emergency accommodation in the South West Region
Mr O'Flynn reiterated how damaging living like this can be.
"It's stifling and psychologically very damaging for children,” he said.
“We shouldn’t forget that there are some young people who have been completely dislocated from their previous school,” Mr O’Flynn said.