An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for a crematorium in Co Cork - the first such facility in the State outside Dublin.

It will be sited on Rocky Island in Cork Harbour, and will cost €2.5 million to build.

The company behind the project, Strikemount Limited, said the crematorium should be operational by the end of the year.

It is proposed that the crematorium will undertake five cremations per day.

A spokesperson for the project welcomed the renewed endorsement of the Cork County Council decision by An Bord Pleanála and said they expected strong demand from undertakers in the southern half of the country for the crematorium.

The site on Rocky Island has lain unused since Irish Steel went into liquidation in 2001.