REMOVE the bollards at Portlaoise cemetery to allow workmen access and ensure the gates are open on time.
So said Cllr Caroline Dwane at the meeting of Portlaoise Town Council. Cllr Dwane said it was a matter of urgency for Laois County Council to make provisions for workmen and the public who are carrying out work on graves to have access to the full area of the cemetery during normal working hours. “Up to a week and a half ago gaining access was a problem, with workmen locked out of the cemetery for nearly two hours. Now the gates are being opened, but this was only solved in the last week and a half,” she said. Cllr Dwane went on to say that the bollards in the cemetery were meant to be removable, but they are actually permanent. She also said that, since the completion of phase one of works in the cemetery, the gates on the Protestant side are closed. “Access to the lefthand side is closed off, so how is a tradesman to carry out a day’s work? This has to be resolved, it’s been ongoing the last six to eight weeks.” Cllr Kathleen O’Brien agreed that the bollards were meant to be removable for workmen to gain access, but when the workmen started they weren’t able to move the bollards. She said that the cemetery also needs a few speed signs, to get motorists to slow down. Tom O’Carroll, area engineer, informed the meeting that access to the cemetery will be provided for maintenance.