Petition calls for public drinking water fountains for homeless in Cork

A petition has been set up online calling for 12 public drinking water fountains to be set up in Cork city.

The petition has surfaced over two months after the UN criticised the State over the increased number of homeless people in Cork and their lack of access to water and sanitation.

The UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, Leilani Farha, said that widespread homelessness in Cork is “evidence of the failure of the State to protect and ensure the human rights of the most disadvantaged”.

The UN has told the State that according to international human rights law, all levels of government are under an obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, to ensure access to affordable housing, and essential levels of drinking water and sanitation services.

Furthermore, new figures show almost one in three people are worried about the lack of affordable homes to buy or rent.

The Simon Community says 31% are also concerned about the impact high rental costs are having on people's ability to eat and heat their homes. The organisation says people are being pushed over the edge into homelessness.

Set up by the Cork Integrative Health Community, the petition is available online here and will be hand delivered to the Lord Mayor of Cork.

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