Belfast Telegraph

Homeless pair forced to sleep rough in Dublin cemetery

Two people have been found sleeping rough in a vault in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin as the Irish Republic's homelessness crisis continues to worsen.

The young man and woman were discovered as figures showed a record 1,178 families - with 2,423 children - were homeless in the Irish capital.

Wrapped in a purple sleeping bag and lying on thin mats on the stone floor, the vault is thought to be the best shelter the pair have been able to find.

The mausoleum is believed to have been broken into some time in the past.

Graffiti from many years ago can be seen in the interior.

The ornate, tiled floor indicates that the structure, which is called an oratory double vault, once contained human remains, but none remain today.

The pair's meagre belongings were stored in bags beside them as they slept and their worn shoes were left at the entrance.

A spokesman for the Glasnevin Trust, which controls the cemetery, said it assesses all issues brought to its attention and would do so in this instance.

"The Glasnevin Trust encourages all those currently homeless to engage with the homelessness services available," a spokesman for the group added.

The cemetery is the resting place of important figures including Eamon de Valera.

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