04 Dec 2021

Solution in sight over Ballymahon graveyard saga


Hopes are high a solution to the Ballymahon area's graveyard problems are in sight.

Funding, ownership and upkeep of burial grounds in the Ballymahon municipal district has been the subject of much discussion over the past several Ballymahon MD meetings and last week it seemed a solution was in sight.

Director of services Barbara Heslin addressed councillors last week and said that the April meeting of the infrastructural and environmental SPC will see a review of existing policies.

A number of information groups have been held for funeral directors, graveyard caretakers and other such groups, Ms Heslin added.

There have also been capacity surveys carried out on 20 council-owned graveyards.

This research has provided the environment section of Longford County Council with valuable feedback and it is proposed that the information be used to draw up improvements to procedures and processes that are currently in place.

There are also moves afoot to come up with ways to avoid future capacity issues in local graveyards and also to look at whether or not there is a need to provide for crematoriums, ashes, or other such needs.

“If the April meeting of the SPC approves those changes and documents and takes into consideration feedback from the various sessions, they will be brought to the main council meeting for adoption,” Ms Heslin said.

Councillors were very happy with this update, which was welcome news for them in what was to be the final meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District.

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