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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Runway decision time

Council gains power to decide on noise restrictions at the airport

John Manning

Fingal County Council completed the establishment of the so-called Aircraft Noise Competent Authority which is the new body responsible for ensuring that noise generated by aircraft activity at Dublin Airport is assessed in accordance with EU and Irish legislation and the body that holds the cards in deciding on the controversial issue of night flights to and from the airport's new runway.

Fingal County Council Director of Service, Gilbert Power, has been appointed as Director of the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority. Engineering, technical and administrative support has also been put in place.

The Competent Authority is responsible for ensuring that noise generated by aircraft activity at Dublin Airport is assessed in accordance with EU and Irish legislation. It also ensures the application of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Balanced Approach to aircraft noise management where a noise problem or potential noise problem at the Airport is identified.

Interim chief executive of Fingal County Council, said: 'The Aircraft Noise Competent Authority will now implement its mandate to assess current and predicted future levels of aircraft noise at Dublin Airport including noise assessments of future planning applications for development at the airport.'

The new body is likely to have to make a decision on the thorny issue of night flights from the new airport runway which are currently restricted by its planning conditions. The daa want those conditions overturned saying its essential for the growth of its business while neighbours of the airport say that restricting night flights is a quality of life issue for them.

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