20 September 2016

Brendan Ryan, has today welcomed the announcement from Shane Ross that an independent review will take place into the North Runway proposal at Dublin airport which will examine the concerns of local residents in North County Dublin.
The review will examine all elements of the proposal including the commercial feasibility of the project.

Ryan “I am glad that a review is taking place, and in particular, I am glad that residents concerns regarding noise pollution will be within the remit of the review. The growth of Dublin Airport is vital both for our country and for the local region in terms of job creation and improving the local economy. However, any new runway proposal needs to be balanced with the quality of life concerns for residents. There are valid issues which need examining including the impact of the noise of aircraft on the local communities. The DAA are looking to set aside planning conditions which would allow increased aircraft traffic during the night time. This has exorcised local residents who are now hoping that their voices will be heard as part of this review.


It is understood that a number of agencies, including the Irish Aviation Authority, will be considered to carry out the review.

The DAA announced last month that it planned to issue tender documents and hoped to issue a commencement notice to the successful bidder in April 2017 so that work could begin by the summer of next year and finish in 2020.

The company has engaged in talks with residents’ groups about the possible environmental impact of its plans, but some of them fear that the runway will take more flights than initially agreed.

An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the project in 2007 but subject to conditions limiting night flights at the airport to 65. The DAA wants that restriction lifted as the current figure is already 99 flights and that is expected to grow.