It seems that the days of the coffin might be numbered, in Ireland.
According to the Irish Times:
It seems the law has been changed because it was causing difficulties for members of the muslim community.Bodies can be buried without coffins from next month for the first time in more than 120 years under new regulations approved by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.
It has been illegal to bury a body in any cemetery unless it was enclosed in a coffin since burial regulations were introduced in 1888.
A change to the regulations will mean that from June 1st cemeteries will be allowed accept “uncoffined bodies”. The Victorian rules stated that no burials could occur “unless the body be enclosed in a coffin of wood or some other sufficiently strong material”
No doubt, some will use this to bash muslims, but it will remain a matter of choice to bury somebody in a coffin.
EDIT: Interestingly, any cemetery/graveyard can opt out of providing the service.
Coffins optional as Victorian burial laws to be revoked - Irish News, World News & More | The Irish Times - Tue, May 07, 2013