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Fury over 'illegal' O2 mast eyesore

FURIOUS residents living close to an O2 phone mast in a north Dublin industrial estate claim that "the huge monstrosity" beside their homes is illegal.

Residents of Claremont and The Willows housing estates, in Glasnevin, say a 45-metre-high mast which carries 12 antennae, is an ugly eyesore, and it does not currently have planning permission.

Over 20 submissions have been sent to Dublin City Council on O2's application to keep the mast there, and around the same number have also been sent to An Bord Pleanala.

An Bord Pleanala granted O2 planning permission for the mast in 2003, for a period of five years.

But since the five-year period has now expired, the mast is an unauthorised structure.

Dublin City Council refused O2's application for retention of the structure on January 20, and O2 has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

Around 200 residents have signed a petition to get the structure removed, and they are angry that O2 has only held one meeting with them up until this point.

One resident, Nicholas Quinlan, said: "When it was first erected, there was no consultation with residents. O2 constructed a huge, indescribable, monstrosity of a mast."

Dublin City Council has now taken proceedings against O2, which it started on April 28, 2009 after they received complaints from locals.

A spokesperson for DCC said: "Legal proceedings were initiated as the developer failed to comply with an Enforcement Notice served by the Council on 25 June 2009, and the case has been adjourned to 22 June 2010 for mention."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Telefonica O2 Ireland said it has applied for permission to retain the mast in the "key site" for providing mobile phone coverage to 02 customers in surrounding areas.