HC Deb 20 July 1905 vol 149 cc1389-90
MR. JOSEPH DEVLIN (Kilkenny, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Jewish community of Belfast have allotted to them a portion of Belfast cemetery, over the interments in which they exercise discretionary authority, and that similar authority is claimed by the Catholics of Belfast, who number over one-fourth of the population of that city, in regard to the ground allotted to them in the new cemetery at Dundonald; and whether, seeing that the corporation of Belfast has refused to admit the Catholic claim, he will take steps, as President of the Local Government Board, in view of the urgency of the question, to insure the admission of the claim without further delay.


The Local Government Board are informed that the Jewish community do not exercise any such discretionary authority as is suggested. The duties of the Board are limited to approving or disapproving of the allocation of the graveyard among the several religious denominations. They have no functions in regard to the arrangements as to interments which may be made between the burial board and the different religious bodies.