A much-needed crematorium for south Dublin has been given the go-ahead.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council unveiled plans for the controversial crematorium last year.
The local authority plans to locate the facility next to the Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill.
Previous plans to build a crematorium in the Kilternan area were met with opposition by local residents and rejected by An Bord Pleanala.
Last year, councillors agreed that the plans should now go out for consultation and comment from the public.
The public submissions on the proposed new crematorium facility were sought in April last year.
On foot of this consultation process, a local residents' association requested that An Bord Pleanala determine whether or not the crematorium should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. The council earmarked €3.5m for the facility and it will be situated on a greenfield site that has been earmarked for such a development since 1989.
The proposed facility will include two halls, which will be used for conducting memorial ceremonies.
Ireland lags well behind its European counterparts in terms of the numbers of crematoria.
Currently it is estimated that 40pc of all funerals are held in a crematorium, but there are only four operating in the country.
Councillors gave the go-ahead for the crematorium unanimously on Monday.
An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Cormac Devlin has previously welcomed the plans.
"For many years, local residents have been aware of this proposal so it is finally nice to see what the council is planning for this area," he said.
"There is no doubt that there is demand for such a facility and that there is merit in having a crematorium locally.
"This will be the first of its kind in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and it would offer an alternative to the other crematoriums in operation in Dublin."
Cllr Devlin added that the area in which the crematorium is proposed to be built is a "tranquil place, as it is nestled between the sea and it has beautiful views of the Dublin mountains".