THE ESB HAS warned the foundations of Dublin’s iconic Poolbeg chimneys are at risk due to the presence of sulphur at the base of the towers as Councillors continue calls for the stacks to be restored and repainted.
In a letter sent to Dublin City Council’s chief planner John O’Hara in February, and obtained under Freedom of Information by The Journal, the ESB said chemical analysis undertaken last year identified the presence of the corrosive element which could affect the durability of the chimneys’ foundations.
The red and white chimneys were built in the 1970s and used as part of the ESB’s gas turbine which provided electricity for half a million homes in Dublin.
The chimneys had an operational lifespan of 25 years. The associated power plants at Poolbeg ceased production about…