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Eircom set to remove boxes in hazard fear

Eircom is removing a number of junction boxes it installed on Dublin streets without planning permission amid fears that they are a danger to the public.

One pedestrian has tripped and fallen over a micro-pillar the telecoms company installed in Sandymount, and now Eircom is being told to uproot the remaining hazards and seek planning permission for ones they want to retain.

More than 180 of the metal boxes, which are less than 2ft tall, have been installed on city streets, several of which have been described as "hazardous" by Dublin City Council.

The micro-pillars were installed on footpaths without planning permission or knowledge of the council. Dublin City Council has told Eircom 20 of the boxes are in what it considers to be hazardous locations.

Eircom has now been given until Friday to remove the boxes considered to present a tripping danger to the public.

Until the hazardous boxes can be removed Eircom has been ordered to block off the dangerous pillars.


"Dublin City Council notified Eircom immediately of the unauthorised status of the micro-pillars and that it must make safe all hazardous micro-pillars, until such time as they are removed," said a council spokesman.

The boxes were installed as part of Eircom's provision of broadband services, a spokeswoman for the company said. "The micro-pillars were constructed by Eircom's contractors over the last few months and they are located at various sites across Dublin. These pillars are used to connect our fibre cabinets with the ESB network," she said.

It has been reported that fibre cables run from Eircom exchanges to the boxes that contain the broadband equipment.

The broadband fibre services can then be carried to homes and businesses using the existing copper wire 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," said the spokeswoman.