People nicking stone from damaged wall in Laois cemetery

Ryan Dunne

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People nicking stone from damaged wall in Laois cemetery

Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley at the damaged stone wall at the cemetery in Straboe.

People are helping themselves to the stone from the broken down wall at Straboe cemetery, which was damaged by an Iarnrod Eireann contractor over a year ago and has still not been repaired.

At the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley proposed a motion calling on Laois County Council to contact Iarnrod Eireann and ask them to reinstate the cemetery wall at Straboe that was damaged by them without further delay.

She said they were carrying out works up from the wall over a year ago and the contractor hit the wall, knocking it down.

She said she had contacted them twice and was told the work would be done, but it has not happened yet.

“Some people are pulling up and taking some of the stone, it’s an old stone wall,” she said. “If it’s not reinstated it will be gone off in the boots of cars.”

Mr Wes Wilkinson, senior executive engineer with the council, said he would arrange to meet with Cllr Dwane Stanley onsite to investigate the issue.