Wednesday 21 February 2018

'It's very unfair' - Graveyard to charge mourners €2 to park their cars

The charge will be introduced in May

2017:04:04 11:25:48.25: IIDardistown Cemetery April 2017 _3
2017:04:04 11:25:48.25: IIDardistown Cemetery April 2017 _3
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A graveyard in Dublin which is introducing a parking fee has come under criticism.

From May 2, mourners at Dardistown Cemetry in Santry will have to pay €2 to drive inside the cemetery.

A barrier has been erected to stop vehicles driving into the graveyard for free.

Local Independent councillor Justin Sinnott said it's "not right" that people should have to pay to visit their loved ones.

Dardistown Cemetery
Dardistown Cemetery

"I was pretty taken aback when I heard it myself. It's not fair that people should be charged to use a car park when visiting loved ones who have passed away," he told Independent.ie.

"If it is in response to parking issues, there are other ways to address that issue. Introducing charges for those visiting dead relatives and friends is not right."

The sign which has been erected outside the cemetery states: "All proceeds will assist with the upkeep and future development of Dardistown Cemetery. Glasnevin Trust is a not for profit organisation and a registered charity."

The graveyard, where 2fm DJ Gerry Ryan is buried, also has a free car park located outside its grounds but it is believed there has been issues with vandals recently.

The size of this car park has been reduced, meaning more people will have to pay to park.

Glasnevin Trust, who operate the car park, said "significantly increased levels of traffic" was behind the introduction of the fee.

"We frequently have to dispose of household refuse, from domestic waste to fridges, freezers, cookers, mattresses and on occasion truckloads of garden waste."

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