Body of homeless woman was discovered in Cork city centre today

The body of a woman, who is understood to be a rough sleeper, was discovered in Cork city centre at approximately 11am today.

According to a report in The Irish Times, the woman, who is believed to be in her 40s, was found on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street in the city.

She had been availing of homeless services in Cork for a number of years, and her body was found in the vicinity of a shelter run by Cork Simon Community.

Gardaí are not said to be treating the death as suspicious, and the woman's body has been removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination will be conducted later today.

The woman's death brings to to three the number of rough sleepers who have died on our country's streets since last week.