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Maskey takes part in Assembly debate on Belfast City Airport extension

24 February, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey today called for a full public inquiry into the proposed runway extension at Belfast City Airport.

Mr Maskey was taking part in a debate on a motion calling for such an inquiry.

Speaking after the debate Cllr Maskey said,

"There are serious environmental, economic and social concerns around any planned extension to Belfast City Airport. These concerns have been highlighted by local residents over a long period of time and also highlighted on the floor of the Assembly during today's debate.

"As someone who uses Belfast City Airport I recognise the importance of having a functioning city airport and commend them for the service they provide, this should not however, be at the expense of public health and safety.

"I have met with Belfast City Airport Watch Group, along with my Party colleague and the party's representative for East Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile. We share many of their concerns and I believe any planned extension must be subject to a rigorous public inquiry process.

"I welcome today's debate on a planned runway extension at the airport and the decision of the Assembly to support the call from residents for a full public inquiry." CRÍOCH

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