Mount St Joseph Graveyard must be in public ownership- Eoin Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has called on South Dublin County Council to take public ownership of Monastery Health and the graveyard at Mount St Joseph off the Monastery Road. The land is currently owned by the developer who built Monastery Heath.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘Monastery Health and the graveyard at Mount Saint Joseph have never been taken in charge by South Dublin County Council, despite the housing estate being over 20 years old.
‘Unfortunately this delay has created a number of problems. Trees in Monastery Heath have become overgrown and are causing nuisance to residents.
‘More urgently the graveyard at Mount St Josephs has been neglected. Thankfully Clondalkin Tidy Towns have done great work in maintaining the graveyard.
‘However it is time for the Council to step in and take the estate and graveyard into public ownership to ensure that they are properly maintained into the future.
‘I understand that the meetings are due to take place in the coming weeks between Council officials and the developer to start the taking in charge process.
‘However I also understand that the original planning permission stipulated that the graveyard would pass to the management company representing owners in the estate when the taking in charge process was complete.
‘This would not be an acceptable situation either for the residents or for the community at large.
‘At a meeting of the Clondalkin Area Committee last week Councillors insisted that the graveyard must be brought into public ownership. We have asked officials to examine the legality of this and report back in December.
‘There is also a need for the graveyard to be included in Schedule 2 Record of Protected Structures in the SDCC Development Plan 2016-2022 in order to ensure that it received the level of protection it deserves.
‘Clondalkin is rich with local history and the Council must do everything in its power to preserve and promote this history.’