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Sinn Féin back second runway at Dublin Airport

20 January, 2005

Two motions put forward by the Labour Party and Socialist Party calling for the removal of zoning for a second runway at Dublin Airport were narrowly defeated at Fingal County Council on Tuesday 18th January. Sinn Féin Councillor Felix Gallagher came under considerable pressure to support the motions and therefore block the second runway.

Councillor Gallagher said:

"My decision to vote against the motions seeking the removal of a second runway was not taken lightly. As part of the process of arriving at the decision Sinn Fein sought the views of residents groups in Blanchardstown, Ballymun and St Margaret‚s. I also consulted with my party colleagues from across Dublin and the SIPTU Aviation Branch. Our conclusion was to support a second runway, although with some reservations, including frequency of night flights and noise pollution.

"The comparison of Dublin airport capacity with Gatwick is somewhat flawed due to the size of aircraft involved. The only other alternative would be diverting cargo and/or domestic flights to a new airport at Baldonnel or Gormanstown, which would take years. Sinn Féin believe that this would open the door for privatisation of, firstly the new airport and eventually Dublin Airport. The ramifications of this in terms of jobs, quality of service and frequency of flights are unthinkable.

"Sinn Féin is committed to fight for restrictions on night flights, noise insulation for residents and to oppose privatisation.

"The main argument put forward by both Labour and the Socialists was that blocking the creation of a second Dublin runway would not mean job losses or privatization. This is not a view shared by workers in Dublin airport." ENDS

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