Written answers

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Burial Grounds

5:00 pm

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick, Fine Gael)
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Question 104: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he is satisfied that existing regulations governing the construction and erection of headstones is adequate; if he will consider reviewing the current practices in place within local authority areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30181/12]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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The management and maintenance of burial grounds is entirely a matter for each local authority concerned and one in which my Department has no direct function. Local authorities also have a general power to make bye-laws in relation to burial grounds, including bye-laws in relation to headstones. The making of such bye-laws is a matter for decision by individual local authorities and is a reserved function of the elected members.

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