Thursday 18 July 2019

Law chief's fears over office plan security threat

In response to the concerns expressed, the council has told the developers to reduce the height and scale of the proposal. Stock Image
In response to the concerns expressed, the council has told the developers to reduce the height and scale of the proposal. Stock Image

Gordon Deegan

The Chief State Solicitor has raised concerns that top secret papers could be compromised if a new seven-storey office block proceeds close to her office in Dublin city centre.

JJ Rhatigan firm Luxor Investments Ltd has lodged plans for the new office block on Ship Great Street and Chancery Lane near South Great Georges Street in Dublin.

In an objection against the plan, Chief State Solicitor Maria Browne has told Dublin City Council that the proposed height and overlook of the office of the Chief State Solicitor is a marked increased on the planning permission already in place.

Ms Browne adds: "This office has particular security requirements given the sensitive nature of the work carried out for and on behalf of Government."

She further adds: "The nature of the documentation handled and processed in this office is of national importance and can extend to top secret papers, which if compromised from a private/security aspect could be problematic."

The Chester Beatty Library has also objected to the plan. The library's head of operations & administration Derval O'Carroll told the council that the library holds in its care an extremely important and valuable, world-renowned collection of East Asian, Islamic and Western manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts.

Ms O'Carroll points out that the library has "grave concerns relating to the potential increased security risk to our collections" as a result of the planned new Luxor Investments plan.

In response to the concerns expressed, the council has told the developers to reduce the height and scale of the proposal.

Irish Independent

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