Tipperary County Council has ruled out placing CCTV at Lisboney cemetery to deter boy racers from carrying out driving stunts in the area.
The news comes after Cllr Seamus Morris had called for cameras following an incident last week outside the cemetery entrance.
“I am calling on Tipperary county council to install CCTV cameras at Lisboney to catch the idiots that decided to make the road in front of the graveyard a place to do dangerous driving manoeuvres,” said the Sinn Fein councillor.
He said that not only was their actions “in very poor taste” but it was “totally disrespectful to the families, including my own family, who have family members buried in the graveyard”.
Cllr Morris also said it was unfortunate that he had to report that people attending funerals at Lisboney have had their cars targeted for robbery by people who have “very low moral standards”.
He asked Tipperary County Council to immediately start the process of putting CCTV cameras at the graveyard to “protect the dignity of the people buried there”, and to protect the property of people attending funerals.
However, a spokesperson for the council told the Tipperary Star that, in the first instant, such behaviour was a matter for the Gardai.
They pointed out that boy racers were doing so-called “doughnuts” in a number of different locations around the area and it was “not practical” to install CCTV at each of these locations.
“CCTV would have to be part of a scheme agreed with the Gardai,” they said. “Outside of that, funding would have to be looked at as well as the logictics of the practicality of installing the cameras.”
The spokesperson pointed out that the council was in the process of installing CCTV in Nenagh town centre, which was making good progress, and they were liaising with the Gardai on that.
A Garda spokesperson in Nenagh said that road safety was always a priority with the force.
However, they had not received any complaint in the last week or 10 days in relation to dangerous driving at Lisboney.
The spokesperson assured the public that any complaint made in relation to any type of dangerous driving was followed up by the Gardai.