Sunday cemetery opening demanded

Portlaoise’s voluntary cemetery committee are calling on county hall to meet them so that elderly people and others can visit the graves of their loved ones at weekends.

Portlaoise’s voluntary cemetery committee are calling on county hall to meet them so that elderly people and others can visit the graves of their loved ones at weekends.

“Why are the gates closed? That is the question the public want answered according to the SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Committee.

“People are particularly annoyed that, contrary to previous practice, the cemetery gates have in recent weeks remained locked on Sundays - the very day that many relatives choose to visit the graves of loved ones.

“As a result, apparently, cars carrying the elderly and infirm have driven away,” said the committee in a statement.

The committee say that the distance from the road to some parts of the cemetery is just too far for them to walk.

The Portlaoise Committee say claim that the public also insist that the gates should be open not on Saturdays which they say is also a convenient cemetery visiting day for many, particularly for those who are in work all week.

“The Cemetery Committee has been raising the issue with the county council since last April, so far without sucess. The Committee is currently seeking a meeting with the relevant council officials,” said the statement.

Another item on the agenda of any meeting with the council, say the committee, is the importance of having toilets open during funerals.