Korean woman dies at direct provision centre in Cork

Death of woman at Kinsale Road centre is being treated as a personal tragedy

Korean woman dies at direct provision centre in Cork

Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre | File photo: Google Maps

The death of a Korean woman at a direct provision centre in Cork is being treated as a personal tragedy, gardaí have confirmed.

The woman’s body was found at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre yesterday.

It is understood she had been receiving support services from Cork University Hospital.

The Department of Justice said in a statement that it learned of the news "with deep regret".

"Counselling and other support services will be made available to residents and staff at the centre though the HSE," it said.

"Any other supports required, including the holding of a memorial service, will be facilitated in due course.

"Health services to asylum seekers are provided in the same fashion as for Irish citizens."

A spokesperson for the department passed on its “deepest sympathies” the deceased’s family and friends, as well as the staff in the centre.

This is the second time that such a tragic event has occurred since 2002, they said.

The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland said it understood that the woman’s body was discovered by her six-year-old son.

Oliver Moran, Green Party representative in Cork North Central, said he was shocked by the death.

"Our thoughts are with her young boy who is alone this morning," he said.

"No words can undo the loss that has greeted him. We too need to accept responsibility for what has happened. His mother died while in our care.

"On behalf of the Irish people, the state must now step up and provide the loving environment that has been taken away from him."

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