South Dublin County Council has confirmed that it will be proposing an increase in what it charges for burial spaces and cremation plots at its annual budget meeting on Thursday.

It is understood that the recommended increases are substantial, and could be of the order of 100%.

A spokeswoman for the council said the operation of graveyards is one area of the council which currently runs an operational deficit.

As a result, she said, costs, incomes and charges are being reviewed. The spokeswoman said it currently costs €1,200 to buy a burial space in one of the four graveyards that still have space in the South Dublin County Council area.

This compares, she said, to charges of €1,900 to €16,000 for a similar plot in other local authority areas.

Similarly, cremation plots cost €500 in the South Dublin County Council area, while other local authorities charge between €550 and €700, she said.

The four burial grounds with space in the South Dublin County Council area are Bohernabreena, Esker, Saggart and Newcastle.

The spokeswoman said that while the council executive would be putting proposals for increased charges to the meeting of councillors at which next year's Budget will be signed off, it was possible that these proposals could change between now and Thursday's meeting.

As a result she was unwilling to confirm the level of increases being recommended. However, RTÉ News understands the proposals involve increases of up to 100%.

Reacting to the news, Fianna Fáil councillor for Tallaght, Eamonn Walsh, called on the Labour & Sinn Féin controlled council to reject the proposed increases.

He said many people make enormous efforts to set aside some of their savings for their funeral arrangements so as to not burden those they leave behind. As a result, he said, he would strenuously oppose the proposal.