It is dangerous to carry a corpse at the graveyard in Raheen, due to the state of the footpaths there, it has been claimed.
Cllr John Joe Fennelly outlined his concerns at the Portlaoise Municipal District Meeting today. He had a motion before the meeting seeking the replacement of the footpaths there.
A written reply from engineer Michael O’Hora outlined: “There is a countywide survey being conducted at present in cemeteries that are in Laois County Council ownership to identify works required”.
“We would want to make sure Raheen is top of the list,” Cllr Fennelly said. “It’s extremely dangerous at the moment”.
“Raheen cemetery doesn’t need to be assessed,” Cllr Willie Aird said. “Anyone who walks out there can see how bad it is”.
Municipal cathaoirleach Cllr Mary Sweeney said a survey had been done of St Patrick’s Cemetery in Ballyroan but nothing has been done, since. “It’s down to money, but it’s very slow,” she said.
“Not to have disability access into a cemetery in this day and age is not acceptable,” Cllr Sweeney said.
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said she had a motion on such issues before and something needs to be done on it.