Fianna Fáil General Election candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick has said that every effort must be made to overturn the decision made by Dublin City Council to grant planning permission for ancillary works to be carried out the pauper’s burial ground in St Pauls Cemetery, Glasnevin.

Today is the final day for submissions to made to An Bord Pleanala regarding the proposed works, which include the development of a chapel and car park on the graves of more than 3,000 paupers buried in the cemetery.

She said, “Having previously published the records of more than 3,000 paupers buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, I objected last year to an application made by the Glasnevin Trust and urged Dublin City Council to refuse planning permission. I later made a submission to An Bord Pleanala calling for the Council’s permission to be overturned.

“Historic details of the burials on these lands indicate that it is the final resting place of workers, paupers, infants and babies, many of whom died in sad circumstances. It is now known that these were very ordinary people who did not enjoy much comfort or respect in life, buried in pauper’s graves and they should not be denied dignity in death.

“Therefore, the proposed construction of a car park on the graves of men, women and children is deeply insensitive and wholly disrespectful.

“As a mark of respect for the remains of those already interred in the burial ground for many years, it is crucially important that the Government withhold all funding for these works. Every effort must be made to avoid any desecration of the graves of thousands of paupers buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

“Interestingly a number of months ago Dublin City Council refused permission for the same chapel, yet their basis for refusing the previous application still applies.

“I remain hopeful that An Bord Pleanala will overturn this planning permission and I will fight to ensure that the Government will not provide funding for any such works on this site,” she concluded.