Dublin city council wants to renovate Ireland’s oldest Jewish cemetery

Dublin City Council hopes to renovate and reopen Ireland’s oldest Jewish burial ground.

The Ballybough Cemetery was founded in 1718 but has been closed since 1978. The council acquired it from the Dublin Jewish Board of Guardians in 2017.

The site could become a target of vandalism if it is not taken care of, according to a council proposal.

“Of particular concern, given international experience, is the risk of antisemitic vandalism leading to the defilement of this sacred space [if it is not renovated],” the plan says.

The City Council will vote on the plan when it returns from its summer recess.

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