THE death of a homeless man, found in a doorway Sunday morning, is being investigated by Gardaí.
The man, who was in his fifties, was pronounced dead where he was found on Wandesford Quay, off Washington Street.
It is believed the man was sleeping rough in a doorway. His body was taken to Cork University Hospital for an autopsy.
The man has not yet been named but local homeless activist Christina Chalmers said she knew him and he was a “lovely, gentleman.”
Speaking about the death of the man, Ms Chalmers said it was “tragic, absolutely tragic.”
Ms Chalmers said the man used to sit outside the Centra on Washington Street and the staff at the shop are very upset to hear of his passing.
“This was a man who had fallen on hard times.”
Ms Chalmers also said the man had been taken to the Mercy Hospital just three weeks ago for ill-health.
Speaking about the issue of homelessness, Ms Chalmers said something needed to be done.
“We need more beds and a safer environment for the homeless. I know of people who will not go to a shelter because they are too dangerous. People are terrified of going there because they are afraid of ending up with an addiction.
“A better infrastructure needs to be put in place for the homeless.”