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Thursday 27 July 2017

Father to take court action in bid to thwart Dublin Airport runway plan

Adrian Kavanagh (43) and his family have lived on Forrest Road in Swords for decades, but they claim their lives are being “ruined” by the planned 3,110-metre runway (Stock picture)
Adrian Kavanagh (43) and his family have lived on Forrest Road in Swords for decades, but they claim their lives are being “ruined” by the planned 3,110-metre runway (Stock picture)

Sarah Slater

A father-of-one is to take a court injunction against the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) in a bid to stop the new multi-million euro runway at Dublin Airport.

Adrian Kavanagh (43) and his family have lived on Forrest Road in Swords for decades, but they claim their lives are being "ruined" by the planned 3,110-metre runway.

A record-breaking 28 million people travelled through the airport last year.

Mr Kavanagh and his family live just 500 metres from the proposed new runway. He has set up a gofundme fundraising page to help finance his pending court action, which is expected to cost €150,000.

The business executive wrote on the site: "Our original family home was built over 120 years ago in what was then a farmland and forest area. My childhood is full of memories of playing in the fields and woodland surrounding my home.

"This is sadly all changing now at a rapid pace. The DAA has slowly expanded Dublin Airport and now it is to the point where the new runway development is going to be only metres from my home."

Several general information meetings have been held since last year with residents who live either side of the planned runway. A spokesperson for the DAA said: "We meet the Kavanagh family on a weekly basis either at the dedicated insulation meetings or at their homes to keep them updated as the project progresses.

"We are very familiar with their concerns and issues and it is our belief that continued engagement is the best way forward."

Irish Independent

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