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Custom House CCTV fears

PLANNERS have expressed "serious concern" over a proposal to increase security at the historic Custom House.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has applied to Dublin City Council to install CCTV cameras at the 18th century building.

It wants to mount the cameras on two poles situated at the northern boundary of the site.

However, the local authority has written to the OPW stating the development would "result in the provision of additional clutter in the grounds of an extremely significant protected structure".

In a request for further information, council planners asked the applicant to "properly examine the possibility of the existing poles present in the grounds" being used.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority stated in a submission on the plan that the proposal should be assessed "against best conservation practice".