Talks are taking place to secure a new cemetery for the city of Kildare

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Negotiations are ongoing between Kildare County Council and landowners to secure a new burial site for the town.

Bodenstown Cemetery is full and although a developer plans to build a private cemetery adjacent to Bodenstown, no work has actually started.

But while talks continue to acquire new spaces, residents remain concerned that burials could take place elsewhere than in Sallins.

But this will be resolved if additional space can be created in the graveyard by removing trees.

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The tree removal is being considered by Kildare County Council as an interim measure that would meet immediate needs for burial grounds – while plans for a new cemetery are being drawn up.

Local businessman Owen Marron, who is part of a local committee formed to address the issue, says people are worried.

“Locals were coming to my store complaining about this and fearing the cemetery was full and we decided to press for action. For a long time nothing happened. But the ball is rolling now and there is had a good response from everyone Deputy James Lawless and Cllr Carmel Kelly are also involved with us and Kildare County Council are very interested in finding a solution,” Mr Marron said.

It is estimated that there are around a dozen funerals in Sallins each year.

But not all require a new plot because in some cases people are buried in plots already purchased by other family members – in some cases many years ago.

It is now likely that a line of trees will be removed along one side of the and this could result in between 18 and 20 new plots – enough to meet local needs for around two years.

However, the process of tree removal is likely to be time consuming as there is an amount of bureaucracy associated with the move as Bodenstown Cemetery is a National Monument as it houses the grave of Wolfe Tone, the late Irish Republican and rebel in prison in 1798.

KCC has previously said a number of factors should be considered before purchasing land for a cemetery. These include the availability of funding, the suitability of the site for the intended use, the cost of the land and whether it is fair and reasonable, access issues and the appropriate zoning of the land.

The building permit for the private project was granted almost four years ago.

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