Limerick cemetery being used as an illegal dumping site

Cllr Elena Secas outside Kilmurry Cemetery
Cllr Elena Secas outside Kilmurry Cemetery

FAMILIES visiting the graves of loved ones in Kilmurry Cemetery are upset to discover it has become a hotspot for illegal dumping.

The dumping of grass, in particular, has become a big issue at the burial ground in the last four or five months, according to Labour councillor for City East, Elena Secas. Council staff in the Annacotty area have been alerted to the problem and Cllr Secas complimented them for their prompt action in removing the dumped grass and cleaning the area.

“This is something that shouldn’t happen and whoever is using the graveyard as a dump should have more respect and sensitivity to those interred and the families and loved ones who visit the graveside of loved ones,” Cllr Secas explained.

“The cemetery is beautifully kept and with the backdrop of the old church building this illegal dumping is a very sad turn of events and it is not a right reflection of the lovely local environment of Kilmurry”.

Cllr Secas is urging local residents to keep an eye out for any illegal dumping in the area and to contact the Environment Section of the Council. She maintains that such community vigilance would help prevent this illegal dumping becoming a permanent problem as well as enhancing the community spirit in the area.

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“Maintenance grants are available from the Local Authority to community groups who are involved in the upkeep of cemeteries, so I would strongly encourage local residents in the area to come together and form such a group who will undertake to upkeep and maintain the Kilmurry cemetery,” she added.