Dumping in Portlaoise graveyard

The historic St Peter's graveyard in Portlaoise, recently used for dumping and drinking sessions.
A 16th century walled graveyard in Portlaoise town centre is being used for dumping and boozing sessions.

A 16th century walled graveyard in Portlaoise town centre is being used for dumping and boozing sessions.

St Peter’s graveyard on Railway Street, which dates back to the 1500’s, had “bag after black bag of rubbish” thrown into it recently, according to Portlaoise councillor Noel Tuohy.

The rubbish was later cleared by Portlaoise Tidy towns volunteers buy Cllr Touhy asked Laois County Council to condemn this and all illegal dumping in Laois, at the March council meeting.

“I was walking by the old graveyard and I looked in the gate, there were bags of rubbish and beer cans on gravestones,” said Cllr Tuohy.

“This is enough to make anyone angry. It is nothing new but we should be so proud of it, instead of throwing rubbish eleven foot into the air rather than go to Kyletalisha,” he said.

Cllr Jerry Lodge is on Portlaoise Tidy Towns committee.

“The rubbish is cleared and there is a new chain on the gate. An architect was down last week and gave us a list of items to attend to or leave alone. The group has access to the cemetery now. I strongly support your motion,” he said.

The notice of motion was seconded by Councillor Catherine Fitzgerald.

The council’s environment section gave a reply that staff will continue to take all necessary measures to deter littering offences.

“In all areas throughout the county by rigorous enforcement of relevant legislation while actively promoting anti‐litter and awareness initiatives, use of the free phone litter hotline 1800 323230 and/or use the ‘say it see it app’. We would also encourage locals to remain vigilant and report any incidents to the Environment Section”, a spokesperson said.