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Crowe calls on council to abandon controversial plans for Bohernabreena Graves

15 August, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West has called on South Dublin County Council to withdraw a letter sent to relatives of people buried in a section of Bohernabreena Cemetery which threatens to remove personal items from their loved ones graves.

Deputy Crowe said there is huge opposition to the Council’s plans and that the threatening letters are causing further heartbreak and distress to hundreds of families.

Speaking today Deputy Crowe said:

“This issue has arisen because South Dublin County Council wants to transform a section of the graveyard into a Lawn cemetery with easy access for Council workers to cut the grass at the graves. Many of families are adamant that they have always maintained their loved ones graves and cannot understand that now many years later the Council are trying impose these changes and threatening to remove personal items.

“The families affected claim that they were never informed before now that their loved ones’ graves were to be part of a lawn cemetery and that personal items should not be placed on them.

“I have been dealing with a number of the families involved in this and there is major opposition to the council’s plans. This has caused a huge amount of hurt and distress to families who are already suffering.

“Leaving personal items on the graves of loved ones helps to bring comfort to the many of the families. It is a deeply personal act.

“In this section of the graveyard there are many people who passed away at an early age in tragic circumstances and the families are still trying to come to terms with their loss.

“I met with council officials last week with a delegation of some of the family members involved. We put the case to South Dublin County Council and called on them to think again in relation to their proposals.

“It is my view that the council cannot win this case. The graves have been maintained by family members for years and many of them do not want council officials or strangers walking on or interfering with the graves. Personal items and family maintenance of the graves are not causing any harm to anyone.

“The council needs to withdraw the threatening letters immediately and come up with creative solutions that would include allowing families to maintain their loved ones’ graves.

“The council has agreed to reassess the situation and to inform myself and other members of the delegation of any further actions.” ENDS

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