The number of people sleeping rough in Cork city is nine times higher this year than it was four years ago, a charity has claimed.
According to the Cork Simon Community, there were 35 people sleeping on the streets in 2011 and they have already dealt with 311 people by the end of October this year.
Outreach worker from the Cork Simon Community, Brian Quinn, said that it is an incredibly tough job at the moment.
“The ideal is that you’re on the street, you link in with someone, you can offer them options,” he said.
“Whereas for the last 12, 18 months, you kind of encourage people in, make links with them, but you seem to be saying ‘No’ more than any other word, you know?
“‘Is there somewhere for me tonight?’ – ‘No’.
“The only thing you kind of say Yes to is ‘Will I have to come back at 11 o’clock for a chance for a bed or a sleeping bag?’ and you go: ‘Yes’.
“And that makes the job incredibly tough, no matter how long you’re doing it, to see someone standing in front of you, who’s been coming every day for weeks and weeks, possibly months on end.”
By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh
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