Glasnevin Trust has said it will not remove the controversial €2 charge for access to Palmerstown Cemetery

GLASNEVIN Trust has said it will not remove the controversial €2 charge for access to Palmerstown Cemetery, but agreed to introduce several amenities following a recent meeting between Glasnevin officials and local representatives.
The meeting held on June 16 was attended by Glasnevin chief executive George McCullough, deputy chief Mervyn Colville, deputy Robert Dowds (Lab), Cllr Gus O’Connell (Ind), several business representatives and local residents.
After much controversy surrounding the recently introduced fee for people wishing to drive into the graveyard, the trust maintained the charge would remain, but agreed to fit tarmac pathways on the facility’s main paths and in its car park.
These moves are welcome as the opposition group had protested that people in wheelchairs were unable to access their loved ones’ graves.
Seating in the cemetery will also be installed on a trial basis.
Clondalkin resident Susan Doyle, who set up a campaign to resist the fee, spoke to The Gazette about the meeting’s outcome, saying: “The €2 charge at the moment is going to remain, but I’ve asked if they would consider going back to the committee and reviewing it because it’s causing terrible hardship for a lot of families.
“I welcome the fact that they’re going to put four seats in on a trial basis. They’re going to see if they will be vandalised, but I don’t think they will be.
“We also addressed the parking issue and asked if there could be somebody who could direct the high amount of traffic in the area on the days where there are large funerals. They told us that on [these] days … the barrier in the cemetery will be lifted and they will have someone to direct traffic into the graveyard at no charge. They believe this will significantly reduce the problem with the traffic in the area.
“[McCullough] said that if we have further problems and if people come to us with [cemetery] issues to contact him straight away.”
Deputy Robert Dowds (Lab), who chaired the meeting, said: “I organised a number of meetings with the people from Glasnevin Trust to try and tackle a couple of the issues that local residents have been having.
“There were some positives in the meeting and we understand that the toilets will also be improved.
“We felt some progress was made, but on the €2 charge, not really. It is good that we can contact the [cemetery] foreman if there is a problem and that Glasnevin Trust are aware of the issues affecting local people. Hopefully, things will be a little easier now.”
A spokesperson for the trust said: “A recent meeting between the Glasnevin Trust and a number of Palmerstown residents and public representatives took place to discuss and highlight any issues and upcoming events between the Palmerstown Cemetery and the local community.
“It was the second such meeting and was cordial and productive for both parties.
“The purpose of these meetings is not only to improve the communication between the Palmerstown Cemetery and local residents but to build a stronger bond between the two communities.
“We look forward to continuing this relationship with the residents of Palmerstown and their representatives.”