An attempt by the ESB to demolish its Georgian house museum in favour of luxury apartments has been condemned by local councillors. 

The ESB has applied to Dublin City Council for permission for change of use for its museum at Fitzwilliam St to build three apartments on the site. 

Its headquarters in adjacent buildings are being redeveloped as part of a massive new office development, over two blocks in the area which is known for its historic Georgian architecture. 

Councillors on the South East Area Committee passed motions calling on the city council to refuse permission. 

It included one from Green Councillor Claire Byrne, whose party leader Eamon Ryan had publicly supported the idea of developing living space in historic buildings. 

Committee Chair Dermot Lacey of Labour said the planning application was "lobbed" in just before Christmas. 

He said one of the most successful and prosperous state companies in the country was indulging in the type of stroke to be expected from the worst type of developer. 

Councillors also voted to have their views included in submissions on the planning application. 

A report from council officials to the meeting stated "it will be necessary to achieve a balance between the policies of protecting and improving the city's cultural and tourism amenities while encouraging the reintroduction of residential uses into the historic areas of the city". 

The original ESB headquarters was built following the demolition of 16 Georgian Houses in 1965, which caused a huge controversy as they were part of a continuous line of historic buildings known as the 'Georgian mile'.