Mayo County Council is to write to Irish Water asking them to waive the fee for bringing a water connection into Taugheen Old Cemetery near Claremorris.

At present, the cemetery does not have a water supply for people tending to flowers on graves, and Irish Water has quoted a connection fee of €13,000.

The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of the Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District, where Councillor Patsy O'Brien asked if GMA funding could be used to ensure a water connection to Taugheen Old Cemetery.

It was agreed at the meeting that, before committing GMA funding, the council would ask Irish Water to waive the connection fee.

Councillor O'Brien also asked the council to repair the boundary wall at the cemetery.

He told Midwest News that it's important to show respect for those laid to rest in the cemetery  -some of whom were involved in setting up water schemes in the area.


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