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Thursday 17 August 2017

Newlands Cross: Rat infestation close to cemetery

Newlands Cross
Newlands Cross

There has been a big surge in rodents in a residential area adjacent to Newlands Cross cemetery.

The news comes as planning permission is granted for further development at the cemetery.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Maire Devine, said there has been a noticeable increase in rodents within the area adjacent to Newlands Cross cemetery and she has reported the problem to South Dublin County Council (SDCC).

"At the beginning of last month residents in Tynan Hall, which is adjacent to the cemetery, started reporting increased sightings of rodents and asked could the council look at the problem and find the cause," Cllr Devine said.

Meanwhile, at the end of January Bord Pleanala granted permission for maintenance works and the provision of 105 new car-parking spaces at the cemetery.

With construction works in mind, the councillor said the rodent problem will need constant attention.

"With the probability of future works the situation will need to be monitored," she stated.

Under the planning permission the cemetery will get a new administration office as well as the additional car-parking spaces.

Last summer, it was announced that Newlands Cross would also get a new infant burial ground, an Angel's Plot, after the one in Glasnevin cemetery, dating back to 1968, had reached its capacity. The plot will serve the Dublin Central and Dublin west.

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