Coping with the final bill

Costs associated with funerals vary widely, with recent calls for more regulation in the sector, writes Emma Kennedy.

22nd June, 2014
Coffins alone can cost anything between €600-€3,000. Picture: Thinkstock

A recent proposal to establish a regulator for cemeteries has put funeral costs under the spotlight.

Earlier this month, Eamonn Maloney, the Labour TD for Dublin South-West, proposed a new cemetery management bill, suggesting that Dublin was now a more expensive place to be buried than London or Paris.

For the families of the 30,000 or so Irish people who die each year, organising a funeral is a major expense, with bills running to thousands...

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