Locals are upset after Dardistown Cemetery in Santry, Dublin began charging visitors to park their car at the graveyard’s carpark.
A barrier has now been erected to stop drivers from entering the car park unless paying €2, and people living in the community have pointed out that that the move is unfair on elderly considering the distance from the entrance and the graves at the 42-acre site.
Local Independent councillor Justin Sinnott told the Irish Sun the move was “appalling”.
He said: “This is supposed to be a community facility. If we are charging money for people to visit the graves of loved ones, as a society, we have to have a look at ourselves.
The size of the nearby free carpark has also been reduced, meaning people have less options of where to park for free.
Operators Glasnevin Trust say that the move is necessary to pay for repairs and to remove illegally dumped rubbish.