Concerns over graves damaged in Laois cemetery

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Concerns over graves damaged in Laois cemetery

A Laois community is concerned that transport and equipment been used to dig graves and erect headstones is causing damage to paths graves in a local cemetery.

Members of the community in Durrow have shared their concern with Cllr James Kelly who has asked Laois County Council to provide an alternative entrance to the cemetery.

Cllr Kelly put forward a notice of motion at the February meeting of the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District meeting requesting a different entrance be used. 

"There is an alternative entrance that could be installed through Erkindale Drive on the lane down to the treatment plant.

"The community have a major concern that transport and equipment been used to dig graves and erect headstones is causing damage to the paths and the sides of existing graves," he said.

Laois County Council said that it is currently preparing a 'comprehensive' report on the 27 local authority cemeteries in Laois.

The provision of a new entrance to Durrow cemetery for machinery access has been costed by Laois County Council and will be included in the schedule of proposed works for consideration. The cost of the project was not revealed.

While on the topic, Cllr Brendan Phelan added that no trees should be planted in cemeteries in future.

"We should bring a rule in that no trees are allowed to be sewn in cemeteries. Shrubs are alright but the roots of big trees destroy cemeteries, we are looking to remove trees in Camross but funding is a problem," he said.

An extra €12,000 was allocated to the municipal district on top of what it received for last year's budget to spend specifically on cemeteries.

The area received €126,000 in 2017 and this has been increased to €138,000 for 2018.

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