THE shabby state of cemeteries across the county has sparked calls for the local authority to show more respect for the dead.
Cork County Council has been urged to review their upkeep of cemeteries across Cork amid claims that many have become derelict sites.
East Cork councillor Noel Collins said: “I witness this neglect all too frequently. The graveyard is the final resting place for the remains of our dear ones. It is here that brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren come to pay their respects. For these reasons, the cemetery must be a bright and welcoming place in its design as well as its care.”
Mr Collins said there was a need for a major allocation of finance from Government to put these burial grounds in a proper state.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Gobnait Moynihan and Independent Councillor Maria D’Alton said the problem was affecting their own areas.
Councillor Moynihan said voluntary groups are doing a lot of the upkeep work.
“I don’t know if it is a lack of funding but it seems to be an issue in a lot of graveyards. They are in a poor state. You have voluntary groups who are trying to do their best and looking for funding,” she said.
Councillor D’Alton said there are eight graveyards in her municipal district under the control of the council and the standard of care at each differs greatly.
“Three of them are maintained with the caretaker in-situ, three of them are maintained by area staff and two of them are maintained under contract and the standard of maintenance is so different,” she said.