Fianna Fáil General Election candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick has said that the decision made by An Bord Pleanála to reject planning permission to construct a chapel and car park on a pauper burial ground in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11 is to be welcomed.

Earlier this year, Mary Fitzpatrick made a submission to the planning authority seeking the refusal of permission for the proposed plans development on a large grave site in Glasnevin, and has received confirmation from An Bord Pleanála this afternoon that the plans have been refused.

The Department of Culture and Heritage had previously approved the allocation of €2 million in funding to assist with realising the work including the construction of a chapel on the graves of more than 3,000 paupers buried in St Paul’s cemetery.

Mary said, “Since the proposed ancillary works first came to light, I and many others in the locality believed that should be supported if it was to go ahead, it would symbolise a complete denial of dignity to the 3,000 ordinary people buried at the site.

“It was a direct contradiction to have ever suggested that these works were designed to commemorate those that lost their lives in 1916 while at the same time disrespecting other Irish citizens who were denied many basic rights in life.

“I am therefore relieved that an appropriate conclusion has been reached to withhold planning permission for the project.

She concluded, “This decision must be upheld for will ensure the land in question to will rightfully remain a sacred burial ground for all those buried there.”