Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Galway West Cllr. Mary Hoade says huge concerns remain about the lack of burial plots across County Galway.  She’s calling on the Environment Minister Alan Kelly to make more money available to local authorities to provide for additional land for cemeteries.

A meeting with the Heritage Minister has been secured by a local Government TD, but Cllr. Hoade says more immediate measures are needed to address the situation.

Cllr. Hoade explained, “The shortage of burial plots across the county is a huge source of concern and anxiety for people living here.  In Annaghdown, there are currently no available plots in the cemetery and parishes right across the county are experiencing a scarcity of plots, especially in Connemara.

“This is a very sensitive issue for families who are unable to bury their loved ones in the same cemetery as their relatives.  In some instances families are having to travel outside of their own parishes to have their loved ones buried.  This is not an acceptable situation.  It is an additional stress to be putting on families at a time when they are already emotionally vulnerable.

“I have been working with a local community group for the past two years in a bid to secure a site adjacent to the existing cemetery in Annaghdown.  The meeting with Minister Heather Humphreys has come about as a result of the hard work and dedication of the Annaghdown Cemetery Committee under the chairmanship of Michael O’Flynn.

“I am now calling on Minister Alan Kelly to ensure that the means are made available to ensure that additional funds are made available to local authorities to ensure that additional land for cemeteries can be purchased.  Residents in Galway and across the country should be afforded the right to be buried near their loved ones in their own parishes and not be put through untold stress and anxiety that many are currently experiencing”.