'No plans' for new cemetery in Limerick Metropolitan district

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Limerick City and County Council have no plans to acquire land for a new burial ground

Limerick City and County Council have no plans to acquire land for a new burial ground

ALTHOUGH one of Limerick’s cemeteries is almost full, Limerick City and County Council have no plans to acquire land for a new burial ground

Kilmurray Cemetery is almost full and the population of the surrounding areas has greatly increased in recent years, according to Fianna Fail councillor Joe Pond.

“People like to be buried where they are from and in Monaleen, Castletroy and the surrounding areas the population is now at 12,000,” Cllr Pond told a meeting of the Environmental SPC.

He wants the Council to acquire a new site and put a motion forward to the effect. There is currently enough capacity in the Metropolitan area’s six burial grounds for the next 15 years, according to Limerick Council. 

“There are 7,000 plots available with 574 burials taking place in 2017,” Physical Development Directorate, Kieran Lehane said. 

“I can understand the desire for localness but we have to marry that with the spaces that are available.” 

“There is adequate space for people to be buried,” he said. The council also anticipates that demand for burial plots will decrease with the increase uptake in cremations, he added.