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Ó Donnghaile: more and more people becoming concerned with low-flying aircraft

9 June, 2010


Sinn Féin representative for Pottinger Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed his concern at yet another report of dangerously low-flying planes in east Belfast. Mr Ó Donnghaile comments come after a main claims he was injured by roof tiles dislodging as a result of a low flying plane.

Mr Ó Donnghaile said;

“Obviously there is growing concern about this issue, particularly given the fact that this is the third time low flying planes have affected residents, more worryingly on this occasion someone appears to have been injured as a result.

It would appear that low flying aircraft in this part of east Belfast is becoming more and more common; as someone who lives in this part of the city I share many of the concerns that residents have expressed. This issue is one of many concerns being raised by communities across east and south Belfast as well as north Down in relation to the airport. Concerns are being expressed about the frequency of the flights in and out of the airport, how low aircraft appear to be flying, health and environmental issues and of course the significant opposition to any proposed runway extension.

My thoughts are with the injured man and at the very least I am glad to hear that the airport has had the consideration to repair the damaged roof. However we cannot simply ignore these issues and I will be contacting the Environment Minister urging him to review the current concerns.” CRÍOCH

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