The director of the Irish Georgian Society has criticised plans to build a memorial for the victims of institutional abuse at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.

Proposals for the memorial include a tunnel running underneath the square.

Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Donough Cahill said that plans to build the memorial at the Garden of Remembrance need to be part of an overall plan to regenerate the Parnell Square area of Dublin.

Mr Cahill said the area had been in steep decline over the past number of years.

He said the society was not objecting to the memorial itself, but rather the failure to address the decline of the Parnell Square area.

"The justification we found was on the basis of the architectural heritage interest of Parnell Square as being one of the great architectural set pieces of Georgian Dublin and also because the development proposal didn't form part of an overall vision for Parnell Square."