Killarney in crisis over delays in buying graveyard

A crisis has arisen in Killarney due to ongoing delays in acquiring land for a public burial ground in the Co Kerry tourist town, it was claimed yesterday. An emergency meeting of Killarney Municipal Authority is to be held next week because of slow progress on the purchase of the private cemetery by the council.

Killarney in crisis over delays in buying graveyard

Last April, senior Kerry County Council management indicated they were about to sign a contract to buy a private cemetery, in Aghadoe, near the town, but nothing has been finalised.

An undertaker in the town recently said bereaved families were being faced with “intolerable’’ situations, leaving families with difficult decisions about where to bury a loved one.

Yesterday, Independent councillor Brendan Cronin called on the council to look at alternative land options, saying land was available close to the town.

A council spokesman said preliminary agreement had been reached to purchase the Aghadoe land, but progress was slower than expected.

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