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Urgent work required at graveyard: Cllr

Story by Tom Kelly

Monday, 21st January, 2013 9:30am

Urgent work required at graveyard: Cllr

Cllr Maria Murphy at the flooded entrance to the Dunboyne Graveyard.

Fine Gael Cllr Maria Murphy said she is disappointed that works agreed by Meath County Council have not yet proceeded at Dunboyne Graveyard.

"There are a lot of issues with Dunboyne Graveyard which were put on hold because we were expecting the works on the graveyard extension to commence," she said. "The lack of burial sites is a worry to residents. However the dangers at the current entrance to the graveyard are increasing with increased traffic on this road.

"The dangerous bends and lack of parking facilities mean that someone is going to be killed here. Its only a matter of luck that there has not been a major accident so far. The residents who live nearby and regular visitors to the graveyard all enquire constantly about the matter," she added.

Weather conditions in the lead up to Christmas meant that the road at the graveyard flooded, and according to Murphy inadequare drainage means there is always pools of water at the entrance. "It is very dangerous for anyone, but especially elderly residents who like to visit their deceased family members on a weekly basis," said the councillor.

"As a member of the Environmental Strategic Policy Committee on Meath County Council, I have been pursuing this matter. I have been advised that environmental factors have effected the work on the extension to the graveyard and this brings challenges for the project. I am pursuing some interim works to the the graveyard to alleviate the current situation. With regard to the drainage issues outside the graveyard entrance, remedial works were carried out before Christmas to improve drainage. However more work also needs to be done here."

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