Local councillor Joe Bonner has reacted to Meath Lives exclusive story, published yesterday, about the simmering row between the owners of Emerald Park and local residents over access to Kilbrew cemetery which is located in the grounds of the theme park.

We revealed that in recent weeks signs had gone up on the graveyard gates advising the coming to mourn loved ones they had to call a number to be allowed into the grounds.

Now Bonner has described the situation as concerning, telling Meath Live, ‘It is a serious and in fact concerning situation, especially when it appears the phone number you call is not manned all the time, and certainly wasn’t being answered on St Stephen’s day.

‘Parishioners of Curraha have always been rightly supportive of what Emerald Park brings to the area in terms of tourism and on the other side of the coin Emerald Park provides local employment so both sides have always engaged and got on with each other.

‘It would be a shame to see such a harmonious and constructive relationship break down and if I can help in any way t resolve this dispute then I will.’