Monday 23 July 2018

Way is clear for airport's new runway

John Manning

It appears the way is clear for the construction of Dublin Airport's new runway with news that all three of the legal actions against the development have been thrown out at the High Court.

The High Court has thrown out three legal actions against plans for a new €320m runway at Dublin Airport, including two actions from residents in St Margaret's.

Mr Justice Max Barrett dismissed actions that arose over the proposed development of a 3,110 metre runway.

The cases have been adjourned to allow the various parties consider the decisions and it is not yet known if an appeal will be taken against any of the rulings.

The first of the three cases was brought by St Margaret's Concerned Residents Group against the DAA. The residents claimed certain pre-construction works carried out in December of last year on the proposed new runway by the DAA amounted to unauthorised development.

The residents claimed the development was Tin breach of a condition of the planning permission granted in 2007. They also claimed a required waste management plan was not submitted to the local authority until February 2017 after the resident's solicitors had raised the issue. The DAA had argued that no unauthorised development had occurred.

The second action was brought by 22 individual residents - most from Kilreesk Lane, St Margaret's, against Fingal County Council. They alleged the development was illegal and that the council failed to address their concerns about its effect on their homes and lands. Mr Justice Max Barrett said he respected the fighting spirit of the residents in this case, and again 'sympathised' with them in the predicament they found themselves in.

The third case was brought by the Friends of the Irish Environment.

Subject to any appeal, that clears the way for the runway but whether or not controversial planning conditions relating to night-flying at the airport stay in place, remains to be resolved. Residents want those conditions to remain in place but the daa says they need to be lifted.

Fingal Independent