It has emerged that a young woman sleeping rough in Dublin has been spending her nights in a tumble dryer.
Streetlink Homeless Support revealed how the woman was sleeping in an industrial-sized tumble dryer outside a garage on the capital's northside.
In a post on its Facebook page, the organisation said it is "one of the most degrading things we've ever witnessed after 10 years of working in homeless services."
Social Democrat TD Gary Gannon says the current issues around housing and homelessness is a "crisis of unimaginable proportions."
"It's devastating in terms of the imagery, the heartbreak, the pain of that choice that a person on the streets of Dublin have to make is just incomprehensible", he said.
"It touches every human sense you have. I think my heart broke for the woman."
"Successive governments haven't got a handle on the homeless crisis at all and that's being witnessed in these truly tragic stories."
Homeless figures in Ireland have hit another record high, with the most recent figures from the Government showing that 11,632 people were accessing emergency accommodation in the week before Christmas.
This represents a record high in numbers for the sixth consecutive month.
The Department of Housing homeless report shows that 8,190 adults and 3,442 children were in emergency accommodation during the week of December 19th to 25th.