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Crematorium plan rejected by council

'NOT EVERYONE WANTS TRADITIONAL BURIAL'

Published 02/01/2013 | 10:15

A PROPOSAL by Cllr Tomas Sharkey that Louth County Council explore the feasibility of providing a crematorium in the county as an alternative to traditional burial grounds failed to get the support of his fellow councillors.

'We're living in a new Ireland now, a new society,' he said, making the case that not everyone wanted a traditional burial.

For those opting for cremation, he thought it would be nice if their families didn't have to travel to Glasnevin and leave their loved one there.

He felt it was something the council should explore along with local undertakers and members of the burial board.

Cllr Jim Ryan felt there would have to be justification for such a move. 'It would have to be proven that the crematoriums in Dublin can't cope,' he said, adding that he didn't think there would would be any great demand for one in Louth.

Cllr Frank Maher said he wouldn't be in favour of the council spending one centre on providing the service or researching it.

There were two crematoriums in Dublin and he thought they had difficulty in sustaining them,

County Manager Ms Joan Martin said the biggest question would be the economic feasibility and they wouldn't have the time or expertise to looking into it.

'It is a matter for the private sector if they felt there is a demand for it.'

Cllr Sharkey said that it was a matter he had an interest in as he had family members who are Hindu and whose beliefs required them to be cremated on sandlewood.

His proposal, he said, ' was about trying something different and new. It's about us being groundbreakers.' He argued that if they hadn't chosen to be groundbreakers there would be no Memorandum of Understanding or no Age Friendly County.

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