Adverse effects of new Dublin runway on local communities must be explored – O’Reilly
Responding to the news that Minister for Transport Shane Ross is to propose an independent analysis of the second runway at Dublin airport, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly has cautiously welcomed the move.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“Today’s news is welcome and I hope that what is proposed is more than simply sound bites from the Minister. The communities who will be affected by the second runway have real and legitimate concerns and have thus far been ignored.
“Planning permission for the second runway was granted with strict criteria to restrict the use at night time and it has to be borne in mind that this permission was granted almost 10 years ago; the surrounding area has changed considerably in the intervening time and residents need to be consulted.
“Over the past year, I have met with many people, resident and communities in North Dublin who have grave concerns for the effect a new runway or further development of Dublin Airport would have on their quality of life. They feel that their opinion has not been sufficiently sought at and I do not believe enough has been done by DAA to hear these concerns or to allay these fears.
“In that regard, the moves being made by Minister Ross for an independent review are welcome. However this review must be comprehensive and recognise that there are concerns, there are communities with roots living in these areas and there are issues that must be overcome.
“As a local TD, I have been to the forefront in ensuring that the concerns of local residents are front and centre of the development of the second runway, alongside my councillors on Fingal County Council. There is no denying that the runway will allow Dublin Airport to continue to grow in terms of passenger numbers, but this cannot eclipse the need for measures to be taken to offset the adverse effects of the new runway on local communities.”