Bubu’s death is a damning indictment of systematic failures of homeless

first_imgPrint Advertisement SHE had a heart of gold, but Louise ‘Bubu’ Casey’s death on one of the main streets of the city is a damning indictment of the system and its failures to address the homeless crisis in Limerick.Those were the sentiments of coroner John McNamara at the inquest of the 31 year-old Limerick woman who was found dead last year outside the disused basement of a house in Catherine Street where she often slept rough.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up After hearing the evidence at Wednesday’s inquest, Mr McNamara said it was “horrendous that Ms Casey was found dead on a main street in the city. It is a damning indictment of the system that this happens to someone at the coalface.“It brings home how real this is”, Mr McNamara said.Her relatives told the court that number of days prior to her death, Ms Casey was “put out of McGarry House”, where she had been for over six years.“She wasn’t without her demons or sins, but we were never told why she was put out as she had been there for six years. We still don’t know why.”The late Louise Casey had a heart of gold, her family told the 31-year-old’s inquest in Limerick Ms Casey’s inquest heard that at 11.25am on November 8, 2016, Garda John Mulcahy of Henry Street Garda Station was asked by the National Ambulance Service to go to 53 Catherine Street.Ms Casey had been found lying face down and unresponsive in an outdoor basement area often used by homeless people to sleep rough.She was last seen alive two days before her body was found.“She often helped me find a bed and was a good friend. We would meet up two or three times a week and I last saw her at the soup run on the Sunday before and we went to McGarry house”, Francis Goggin recalled in a deposition read out to the court.Mr Goggin said that he left Louise around 10pm as he was sure she was getting a bed. That was the last time he saw her alive.“Bubu was a lovely person,” he told the court.On Tuesday November 8, Ger Curtin, went to the basement area at 53 Catherine Street looking for another homeless man, but found Ms Casey. He had seen he in the same position the day before. He contacted the ambulance service but Ms casey had already died.Medical evidence concluded that Ms Carey was of relative good health, had trace amounts of several drugs in her system but it was the combined effects that proved fatal.Pathologist Olubunmi Ipadeola said that Ms Casey death was due to cardio respiratory failure secondary to a drug overdose.Members of Ms Casey’s family who were present at the inquest recalled how “she had a heart of gold and often put people before herself.“She had a life of tragedy though, buried two children and her father and just tragedy after tragedy,” one relative said while Ms Casey’s sister said that “people could always rely on her in a crisis”.However, when they questioned why she had been “put out of McGarry House,” Mr McNamara said that was beyond the scope of the inquest.“The housing crisis in Limerick is appalling and to think that in 2017 you could wake up to a phone call telling you your sister was found dead on the street is horrible,” Ms Casey’s sister said.A verdict of misadventure was recorded.See more local news here. Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash The late Louise Casey Email WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSfeaturedGardaíhomelesshomelessnesslimerickLimerick coroner’s courtLouise Bubu Casey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleLimerick Council requested to carry out fire safety reviewsNext articleLimerick is worst for crammed classrooms Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsBubu’s death is a damning indictment of systematic failures of homelessBy Staff Reporter – July 19, 2017 1887 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Test comes 1 week early for women’s basketball

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will take its 10-1 record on the road tonight as the Badgers square off against in-state opponent UW-Green Bay at the Resch Center.In what will likely prove to be one of the Badgers’ toughest tests so far this season, UW (10-1) hopes to carry over its strong performance from Sunday’s game against Albany.”I thought we were able to get a lot of people some experience,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said of Sunday’s game. “We attended to the boards defensively and had more energy than we did against UIC. We were plagued by turnovers, and that’s a concern of ours and something we’ve talked about.””We’ve got to stay focused on some things that we didn’t do against Albany, especially our turnovers,” junior guard Jolene Anderson said. “That’s one thing we need to cut down, and hopefully just play our style of basketball.”UW-Green Bay (5-3) has already fared well against Big Ten opponents this season, with convincing wins against Minnesota and Iowa. The team will look to continue its solid play against the Badgers and hope to go 3-0 against the Big Ten, something the Phoenix have never done in program history.”What jumps out is what they did to Iowa and holding them to 29 percent shooting,” Stone said. “It’s something that we certainly are aware of, and it just shows that they play hard.”All five UW-Green Bay starters have been putting up big numbers so far this year. The Phoenix offense is led by senior forward Nicole Soulis, who was recently named the Horizon League Player of the Week. Also making significant contributions have been a trio of guards, junior Kayla Groh, senior Natalie Berglin and sophomore Rachel Porath.”I think Natalie is a terrific point guard,” Stone said. “She’s the engine of that team. If you put her with a great post player in Soulis, you’ve got a great point guard and a great post player that have been playing together for four years. They know how each other work, they both run the floor in transition, and they can both shoot the three.”Defensively, Stone plans to put UW guard Janese Banks on Berglin, Anderson on Porath and point guard Rae Lin D’Alie on Groh. On the post, Caitlin Gibson will have the tough task of matching up with Soulis.Similar to the Badgers, Green Bay’s team is one that can provide great depth down the stretch, with skill at all positions.”They’re five strong, and then eight or nine that come off the bench,” Stone said. “They’re deep, they’re solid, and they run their system really well. They’re well coached, and they’re a team that doesn’t quit. They play hard for 40 minutes, and they play really well together.”Even though the game will feature two Wisconsin schools, Stone isn’t approaching it differently than any other game.”I don’t like to use the word rivalry,” Stone said. “I think there’s a tremendous amount of respect for both programs. I don’t treat it as a rivalry; I just treat it as an opportunity to see two really good teams go at it and see whose game play is the best.”Stone’s team echoes that mentality and continues to take the season one game at a time.”I think our team just looks at it as another game for us to get better,” Anderson said. “It is Green Bay, it is in-state, but that’s something that we can’t focus on. It’s just another game for us to play.””It’s really important for us to come ready for this game,” Gibson added. “They’re very competitive. They’re a really good team, and they have a lot of weapons. We just want to play our hardest, and I know we’ll have the outcome that we want if we play our hearts out.”With tonight’s game and Friday’s contest against Harvard, only two games remain before the Badgers enter the Big Ten schedule. Stone and her team are hoping for a strong finish in their out-of-conference schedule.”It’s going to be a chess match of sorts,” Stone said. “It’s going to be a close game, and I think it’s the perfect time for this. They’re going to bring out our best, and hopefully we can bring out their best.”last_img read more