"The Council Outreach and the Cork Simon Outreach team regularly monitor the welfare of a small number of people who are sleeping rough in the city centre and actively encourage them to engage with the city’s homeless services and to avail of the various supports that are available to people."
Bishop Gavin said: “It is always a tragedy when anyone dies but these are such sad and brutal circumstances."
"The tragic news has reached us in Lourdes where a pilgrimage from Cork & Ross is praying at Our Lady’s Shrine. I want to assure the man’s family and his friends, and all who knew him, that our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time. May Our Lady of Lourdes reach out with healing and peace to all.”
Witnesses at the scene of yesterday's incident had reported a tent on fire close to an unconscious man. Gardaí arrived at the scene before the injured man was taken away by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
She warned that despite several deaths there are still no solutions to the homeless crisis in sight.