A pregnant woman living in a flimsy tent fears her unborn baby may not survive.

Cassie Murphy is expecting her baby to arrive in May.

The 29-year-old has been living in a freezing tent in Dublin's Phoenix Park with her partner Christopher Evans for the past five months.

They are waiting on the city-council led Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) to provide them with a bed, but this could take 12 months, Dublin Live reported.

The couple say they were forced to sleep on the streets after their landlord sold their €1,350-a-month (£1,143) apartment.

Cassie and her partner Tony Walsh live together in the canvass tent
Cassie and her partner Tony Walsh live together in the canvass tent

Ahead of the country's elections this week, Cassie has challenged the Republic of Ireland's incumbent president to try sleeping in a tent.

“I would love Leo Varadkar to come out here for one night and see how he gets on," she said.

“I’m worried that the baby won’t survive.

“I definitely think the Government have failed us. They’re not doing anything for the homeless.”

On Tuesday evening the Dublin woman endured temperatures of -1C on top of a steep hill.

Now she is calling on the DRHE to find her a safe bed.

They pitch it in Dublin's Phoenix Park
They pitch it in Dublin's Phoenix Park

Cassie, who is mindful of the spate of arson attacks on park tents in the capital in recent months, said: “(I’d plead) with them for a bed and somewhere safe.

“They need to do something.

“I’m really anxious and I’d be too scared to go into the emergency hostels.

“But I’m afraid that someone is going to throw petrol over me or burn me here, or that I’m going to be stabbed.

“It’s always in the back of my head. I don’t feel safe.”

The couple went to the Council’s homeless service at Parkgate Hall in Dublin city on Tuesday but were told it would be 12-months before they could get a couple’s bed.

The five-month-pregnant woman has to endure temperatures below freezing
The five-month-pregnant woman has to endure temperatures below freezing

Cassie said: “I even said to them I’m supposed to be brought in at the end of May for a section, but sure where am I going to bring a baby back to?”

The Dubliner, who goes to the Rotunda every two weeks for a scan, added: “In the hospital the social worker said there’s not a lot we can do until the baby’s here.

“They said once that happens we’ll more than likely get a B&B or a hub.”

At the weekend kids were banging on their tent, they said.

On Tuesday Christopher came out to see four men loitering behind his canvass home.

An ultrasound of the couple's unborn baby
An ultrasound of the couple's unborn baby

Just three weeks ago Cassie was rushed to A&E because doctors could not detect her child's heartbeat.

“I think it was the cold and the baby’s breech (position) as well,” said Cassie, who has been on the housing waiting list since 2008.

The couple say they have no alcohol or drug issues and do not want to be separated into what they describe as 'dangerous' hostels.

Cassie cannot turn to her family for help as she is estranged from them.

She was recently diagnosed as diabetic and takes insulin injections five times a day as well as tablets.

The couple, who were getting the Housing Assistance Payment, were told the apartment was being sold.

The couple claim they had to leave the apartment because it was sold by their landlord
The couple claim they had to leave the apartment because it was sold by their landlord

Cassie, who sadly suffered a stillbirth while living in the apartment, said: “Yeah, definitely [I think it was done to put the price up].”

The couple, who insisted they were tidy and paid their bills on time, said they have sent 80 emails and tried in vain to find another place.

They met the Dublin Simon Community on Friday and were given four sleeping bags.

A Dublin Simon spokeswoman said: “Contact was made but we were not made fully aware of the situation. Accommodation has been provided to the couple.”

A DRHE spokeswoman added last night: “I can confirm this couple were offered emergency accommodation when they recently presented to homeless services, but did not wish to take up this offer. They have since been offered alternative emergency accommodation and have accepted this offer.”

Across the Republic of Ireland, the latest figures show 9,731 people, including 3,422 children, are homeless.