Monumental sculptors in Kerry say new regulations on headstones could put them out of business.
They’ve requested Kerry County Council alter the Bye-Laws for Cemeteries which came into force on the 1st of March and limit the height and width of headstones in Kerry burial grounds.
The monumental sculptors say the limits are too small, and have resulted in their existing stock being rendered useless; they also say they’re out of kilter with neighbouring counties.
There are fines of up to €1,900 for contravening the bye-laws.
Pat Nagle of Nagle Memorials Killorglin says the regulations are placing their businesses under serious financial strain and in jeopardy of closure; they’re calling for an urgent meeting with the council.
Meanwhile a meeting has been organised on the issue of lawn cemeteries in the county in Cumann Iosaf, Tralee on the 9th of May at 7pm.