Contingency plans are in place to open new graves and avert a crisis at St. Patrick’s cemetery in Clonmel, District
Administrator Michael O’Brien has stated.
He was responding to Cllr. Pat English, who stated at a meeting of Clonmel Borough District Council that there was a serious urgency about the planned extension to the cemetery.
Mr. O’Brien stated at a previous meeting that the extension would provide 1,394 extra grave spaces, a new entrance to the cemetery, a new car park and new internal access roads.
Following a query at the same meeting from Cllr. Michael Murphy regarding staffing resources, District Engineer Jonathan Cooney said that three staff were required when a burial took place. A permanent caretaker was employed at the cemetery prior to 2009, but between 2009 and 2013 Clonmel Borough Council had lost nine of its staff.
Mr. Cooney also stated that maintenance works were carried out during the spring and summer. He was satisfied that the burial ground was maintained to a high standard and he complimented the staff on their work.
He told Cllr. Richie Molloy that an additional entrance for pedestrian use wouldn’t be provided, as it could encourage anti-social behaviour.