Gardaí have issued an appeal for the return of the ashes of a couple that were in a container stolen from a house in Dublin.

The container was taken from the house at Deerpark Place, Kiltipper in Tallaght between 11pm last night and 4am this morning.

The ashes were those of the householder's mother and father.

The container is described as a black box, six-inches square, with a glass top and two dolphin emblems on one side.

Gardaí say the theft has caused considerable distress to the family.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda station on 01-6666000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.