Deputy Tommy Broughan today welcomes news that Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has called for an independent review into noise management and the North Runway project at Dublin Airport. Following objections from concerned local residents and representations from local TDs and Councillors, Minister Ross announced his intentions to set up the independent review. He also appointed the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) as the Competent Authority in noise management as part of the new EU regulation 598/2014.
Deputy Broughan says “This summer I have been in regular contact with Mr. Kevin Toland, CEO of the DAA, and other DAA executives regarding the plans for the development of the North Runway and also regarding the change of flight paths over the North Fringe of Dublin City. I’m increasingly hearing from Dublin Bay North constituents that the flight path over the North Fringe of the constituency has moved at least a few kilometres to the south. Constituents are increasingly upset and turning to organise against further airport development. The true health impacts of night flights and noise pollution have not been fully examined and I welcome Minister Ross’s announcement that the Irish Aviation Authority will be the new Competent Authority for noise management. I believe the examination of a second civil airport for the Dublin region should also be part of the review.”