Leitrim County Council paid out over €19,000 to undertakers in last two years

Leitrim County Council paid out over €19,000 to undertakers in the last two years.

In total eight undertakers received payments for services provided last year in the county.

County Councils can employ undertakers for a variety of services – including so-called pauper’s funerals where they can pay for the cost of s funeral and burial when a person dies with no surviving relatives.

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Undertakers are also asked to attend the scene of fatal road crashes or at incidents of sudden death.

In Leitrim in 2017, the Council paid out a total of €8,542 to five undertakers – with Padraig Burke billing the Council for the largest amount of €4,950. and Seamus Feehily claiming €2,100.

Last year the Council’s undertaker costs increased to €10,730 – spread across eight funeral directors – with Padraig Burke again receiving the largest payment of the €4,050 and Michael McGowan claiming €1,350 and Joey Smith €1,200.