I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak on the Bill. I have always deeply appreciated the role of Dublin Airport as the key economic driver of Dublin’s northside, in particular as I was a founder and director of Coolock Development Council, which has community centres, business centres and jobs training programmes to help people leave unemployment. We know that up to 60,000 jobs in the wider airport zone, including Dublin Bay North, in particular jobs in logistics, are dependent on the successful development of the airport. However, as the number of passengers has moved up to 30 million per annum and beyond, and the second runway is under construction, constituents in Dublin Bay North, in particular those on the north fringe, remain profoundly anxious that the airport’s role is developed in a sustainable way. This especially concerns aircraft noise and associated flight paths, which, of course, are the core subject of the Bill.
This week I have been putting the finishing touches to the next edition of my Northsider newsletter (Vol 26 No 2) and hope to have it delivered to my constituents during late July.
On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee where we heard from representatives from ICTU, ESRI, TASC, Social Justice Ireland and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Later that evening, I represented the Independents4Change Technical Group at a dinner with religious leaders from different faiths on the invitation of the Ceann Comhairle.