Sunday 24 September 2017

Ryanair waves white flag in row over huge sign at airport

The Ryanair sign at Dublin Airport.
The Ryanair sign at Dublin Airport.

Gordon Deegan

Ryanair has conceded defeat in a planning row over the erection of a massive banner at its new HQ at Dublin airport.

Fingal Co Council last year refused planning retention for the sign and wanted it removed after ruling that the sign did not provide "any useful information".

The huge sign claims that Ryanair "saved Europe €9.1bn in 2013", but Fingal County Council insisted the banner is "unacceptable".

The council's planning officer said the message on the 30-metre-long sign should be communicated by other means.

The planner's report states that the signage "is not necessary" claiming that it would give rise to visual clutter and could set a negative precedent for developments in the area.

The report states: "The architectural merit of this building would be lost if was covered in unnecessary signage and advertising."

The council ruled that the signage would seriously injure the amenities and depreciate the value of property in the vicinity of the signage.

However, Ryanair employed architects, Henry J Lyons Architects to lodge an appeal to An Bord Pleanala against the decision.

In the appeal, the firm states that the external banner is proportionate to the size of the building and consistent with the design and visual character of the retail and business park estate.

The appeal states that "the proposed development does not have a negative visual impact, nor does it give rise to undesirable visual clutter in the context of the immediate airside business and retail park development.

Ryanair asked that the appeals board overturn the Council's decision to refuse planning retention and grant permission for the vinyl banner.

However, An Bord Pleanala has now written to the Council to confirm that the appeal has been withdrawn.

Ryanair's Robin Kiely said yesterday: "This banner is now out of date anyway, as we saved our customers even more money last year - over €10.5bn in 2014."

Irish Independent

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