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Waterford councillor calls for multi-denominational graveyard

A call has been made for a multi-denominational burial ground in Waterford.

20% of Waterford City's population were not born in Ireland and therefore Councillor Eamon Quinlan feels there should be a site for people of other or no faith.

"There's going to be a lot of people who are going to seek to bury their loved ones with all the rights and traditions that they would expect," he said at the latest Metropolitan Meeting.

Councillor Quinlan has asked that a piece of land the council already have be dedicated to a burial ground.

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Ray Moloney, the council's Head of Environment, responded to Councillor Quinlan by saying Kilbarry Cemetary is a non-denominational graveyard.

"That should be adequate for our needs for the time being," Ray said.

When Councillor Quinlan was in college, he lived beside a graveyard that was designated to those of Jewish and Muslim belief.

He said this is where his idea for Waterford to have one came from.

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He added that he would like to see this happen within the next five to ten years.

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