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Emergency motion to protect Poolbeg Chimneys to be raised today

The chimneys have been in place since the 1970s and are visible over much of Dublin city.

Image: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland

AN EMERGENCY MOTION to protect the Poolbeg Chimneys will be raised today.

It comes after ESB suggested that the necessary repair work needed for the chimneys may not be the best use of resources.

The two chimneys have been in place since the 1970s and are visible over much of Dublin city.

They ceased operations in 2010 and currently play no part in ESB’s operations.

Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey submitted an emergency motion to preserve the chimneys at the South East Area Committee of DCC.

It will be raised at 3pm today and can be watched here.

The Fianna Fáil Group on Dublin City Council has also requested that the City Council initiate the process of listing the Poolbeg Chimneys on the protected structures list.

Fianna Fáil Group Leader Paul McAuliffe said:

It would appear that the ESB may be in a position to demolish the structures without consulting any outside body and we believe that they should be retained and incorporated into to any future plans for the the area.

A campaign has been set up to save the chimneys. Poolbeg Chimneys says that the chimneys are an iconic part of Dublin and should stay.


Read: No decision made (yet) about the future of the Poolbeg chimneys>

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