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FURTHER CONSULTATION MAY BE REQUIRED ON AIRPORT EXPANSION – Ó DONNGHAILE

8 September, 2008


FURTHER CONSULTATION MAY BE REQUIRED ON AIRPORT EXPANSION - Ó DONNGHAILE

Sinn Féin's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has stated that the revelation that numerous schools in the vicinity of Belfast City Airport have raised concerns over disturbances caused by air traffic in the east and south of Belfast, clearly displays the need for further and a more exhaustive consultation process.

Speaking today Mr Ó Donnghaile said:

"Serious concerns have been raised by schools in the area with regards to the volume of air traffic and the flight paths of air carriers using Belfast City Airport. These have included the smell of fumes from the over flying aircraft, disruption to classes and more importantly disruption to examinations that may well decide the future of pupils at these schools.

It is clear that previous consultations have failed to uncover the concerns raised today by local schools. While any form of consultation is to be welcomed, given that 18 of the 30 schools in the locality have raised concerns it seems that a more in-depth and exhaustive consultation process is the only way forward.

This should happen as soon as possible in order for such concerns to be factored in to any decision making process with regards the future expansion of Belfast City Airport. What is a priority here is the education and health of children in the locality."

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