Thursday 17 January 2019

Restrictions on airport noise 'undermined'

Deputy Louise O'Reilly.
Deputy Louise O'Reilly.

John Manning

A Fingal Sinn Féin TD has accused the Government of 'undermining noise restrictions at Dublin Airport and said the move is 'completely unacceptable'.

Questioning Taoiseach, Leo Vardakar TD in the Dáil on the issue Deputy Louise O'Reilly said: 'This issue is a major concern to those who live in the environs of Dublin airport and who are anxious that the noise restrictions be retained as per the planning permission granted in 2007. It is unacceptable that the noise restrictions would be undermined.'

The Taoiseach responded, saying the Government wanted construction on the runway to 'start within the next couple of months' confirmed that 'Fingal County Council will be given the role of noise regulator for the airport'.

Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O'Brien expressed his doubts over the decision: 'I struggle to comprehend the rationale behind the Minister's decision to ignore an EU Directive which clearly stated that any review should be conducted by an independent Noise Regulator.'

But if the local authority is to be appointed as noise regulator for the airport, it must be given the resources to do the job, he argued. Deputy O'Brien said there was a balance to be struck: 'It's imperative that a second runway at Dublin Airport is brought into operation by 2021. In order to achieve this, we need to ensure that the designated Noise Regulator can carry out its task while taking into account the very genuine and serious concerns of residents,'

Fingal Independent