Headstone cash probe launched

gARDAI have launched an investigation after a grieving mother from Dundalk made an official complaint about an incident involving her late son’s headstone.

gARDAI have launched an investigation after a grieving mother from Dundalk made an official complaint about an incident involving her late son’s headstone.

Heartbroken Paula Haugh lost her 20-year-old son, Daniel, of Jocelyn Street (formerly Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor) to suicide on June 2 last.

Shortly after she buried her son, Paula was in the local cemetary when she was approached by a man who offered to erect a headstone for Daniel for e2,700.

Paula paid the man she met in the cemetary a e1,000 deposit for the headstone. According to Paula, the man said that he would have the headstone up in time for Daniel’s month’s mind mass.

She said that when the headstone was not erected on the promised date, she called the man and he told her it would be done in time for the Blessing of the Graves.

The Blessing of the Graves came and went and there was still no headstone put in place at the young man’s graveside.

When she rang him and asked what had happened to her money, Paula claims the man said he had medical expenses and cash flow problems.

Gardai received an official complaint from Paula about the incident on Wednesday, August 3 and a probe has since been launched.

A company in Kilkenny has confirmed that the headstone is ready and will be released when it has been paid for in full.

Daniel died shortly before he was due to celebrate his 21st birthday. He had proposed to his girlfriend Emma Jane Gray a week before his death and is survived by his daughter, Faith Kaitlyn.