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Eircom to remove 20 'hazardous micro pillars' in Dublin

The company has committed to removing the pillars by 29 November but the council said it will still need planning permission for the other 161 around the city.

Pictured, left, one of the micro pillars.
Pictured, left, one of the micro pillars.
Image: Richard Bloomfield

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has requested Eircom remove 20 power supply micro pillars built without planning permission in ‘hazardous locations’.

Some 181 of these structures, which each provide a power supply to a corresponding telecommunications cabinet, were erected around the city between July and September of this year. The council said today that “permission was not sought or granted”.

In total, 20 of these steel micro pillars are in hazardous locations on footpaths around the city.

“Dublin City Council notified Eircom immediately of the unauthorized status of the micro pillars and that Eircom must make safe all hazardous micro pillars, until such time as they are removed,” the council said.

In a statement, Eircom said:

These pillars are used to connect our fibre cabinets with the ESB network. Eircom is working closely with our contractors and Dublin City Council to remove the micro pillars and to replace them with underground joint boxes.

The company has undertaken to have all of the problem pillars removed by 29 November and keep them barriered off in the meantime.

The council said the remaining pillars still require planning permission.

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