THE cemetery at Stradbally Road in Portlaoise is filling up so quickly that a local councillor has called on the local authority to buy more land.
At a recent meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District, cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said the capital of the county was “a growing town. We’ve had more births in it than we’ve had deaths, but there are going to be more deaths. I think that we should also look for a crematorium for Laois, because a lot of people are looking to go that way”.
Agreeing, cllr Willie Aird said: “There’s not much space left in it (cemetery).”
Cllr Noel Tuohy said: “Somebody said that there’s only five years left in the cemetery before it’s full.”
Senior engineer Orla Barrett stated that the council accepts there will be an “increased demand for grave space and that it is proper to begin planning for a new cemetery”.
She said the first step in the process will be to ascertain the demand and to source a suitable site for any potential new cemetery.
“The requirements for Portlaoise are being examined in some detail ‒ looking at current demand, remaining effective capacity and anticipated future needs at the location. This report will form part of the required justification process for the timing of investment in increased burial ground capacity,” added Ms Barrett.
“Proposals, including the possible need to purchase land in the future, will be presented in this report.”