Concerns of local residents must be prioritised by daa if they proceed with second runway

07/04/2016

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said that Dublin Airport must firmly adhere to all conditions attached to its planning permission for a second runway, following the daa’s announcement that they are progressing their plans for a new runway.

“It is of the utmost importance that the concerns of local residents are prioritised should the daa continue its plans to develop a second runway at Dublin Airport. While the runway will allow Dublin Airport to continue to grow in terms of passenger numbers, measures must be taken in line with the conditions attached to the planning permission to offset any adverse effects a new runway may have on local residents.

“Planning permission for this new runway was granted in 2007 with 31 conditions attached. Two of these conditions in particular have faced much opposition from the daa. However, I would argue that these conditions are fundamental in terms of limiting the impact that a new runway would have on residents in our local community, particularly in Portmarnock, Kinsealy and St. Margaret’s.

“These two particular conditions include limiting the number of flights allowed to land and take-off from Dublin between 11pm and 7am, while also ensuring that the second runway is not used for take-offs or landings at all during these hours. I believe these conditions to be entirely fair in terms of ensuring that nobody who lives in the vicinity of the Airport will face any further disruption during the night.

“I would urge the daa, as they progress these plans, to engage fully with local residents at every stage of the process, and to ensure that further noise limiting measures are implemented and enforced fully.”