Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Local Authority Services

9:00 pm

Photo of Dominic HanniganDominic Hannigan (Meath East, Labour)
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Question 484: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has had any communication with Meath County Council regarding the provision of a new graveyard in Stamullen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9947/12]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Neither I nor my Department have had any communication with Meath County Council regarding the provision of a new graveyard in Stamullen.

Under the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Acts, 1878 to 2001, local authorities are deemed to be burial boards for their respective functional areas. Acting in their capacity as burial boards, local authorities are responsible for the management, regulation and control of burial grounds in their functional areas. Under Local Government Act 1994, Ministerial consent for the use of land as a burial ground is no longer required.

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