Louth County Council has made provisions for non-coffin burials in County Louth, and a protocol has been agreed by Dundalk Joint Burial Board where a plot of land at St Patrick’s Cemetery will be used for such practices.
According to the new protocol such burials will take place at a lawn cemetery and are subject to the same burial times and fees as normal burials.
In a statement issued by Louth County Council on the matter, it states: “The Dundalk Joint Burial Board did at their meeting of 11th December consider and agree a protocol in respect of the practice of burial without coffin. The change in the practice of burial provided for in the Public Health Act of 1888 has come on foot of a Ministerial Order issued on 29th April 2013 by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan TD, whereby Burial Boards were required to identify an area suitable for out of coffin burial.
“The protocol agreed by the Dundalk Joint Burial Board identifies an area in the grounds of St. Patricks Cemetery within which non coffin burials will be provided for.
This will accommodate in accordance with the Ministerial Order for the burial of those deceased of all and or no religion.”