Homeless crisis plea. Leaders call for extra resources

Homeless crisis plea. Leaders call for extra resources
Sudden death of woman in Cork. Tents pitched at Gillabbey Park, off Connaught Avenue, near University College Cork. Pic: Larry Cummins

COMMUNITY leaders across the city are pleading for extra resources to tackle the homeless and housing crisis after frustration turned to anger at the increasing scale of the crisis.

The death of a homeless 30-year-old woman in a tent in the city has sparked a wave of calls for increased resources and a renewed commitment to tackle homelessness.

On Friday, a 30-year-old woman, Jennifer Dennehy, originally from Blackrock, passed away in a tent in Gilabbey Park. She was the third homeless person to die in the space of a week in Ireland.

The incident has shone a light on the crisis in Cork city, with many reacting with anger.

Cllr Fergal Dennehy, Cork's Deputy Lord Mayor described the situation as 'an absolute disgrace.'

"It is 2017 and we have people sleeping in tents in residential areas in the city - somebody has to be held accountable for this," he said.

Bishop Paul Colton

“Somehow, that this death has happened near the very place where our city of Cork was founded, seems, in its own symbolic way, to strike at, and to challenge, the emotional and moral foundations of our society… “ It is clear that more needs to be done and that across many sectors of society we need to pool our effort.”

Cork Simon’s Paul Sheehan

"There are more people than ever accessing the services and we do not have the resources to manage them all.

“"Far too many people have been affected by it and it is not slowing down."

Minister Simon Coveney

“The problem is far from solved. The problem is we have more and more people coming into homelessness every month, so we are effectively running to stand still, which is not good enough."

Solidarity TD Mick Barry

“If three homeless people died on our streets in the last week of August, it makes you fear what could happen when winter comes round and the cold gets a grip.”

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