RYAN CALLS ON ROSS TO RECONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF FINGAL AS NOISE REGULATOR FOR DUBLIN AIRPORT

25 April 2018

Brendan Ryan, Labour Party Spokesperson for Transport has called on Minister Shane Ross to reconsider his appointment of Fingal County Council as the noise regulator for Dublin Airport.

 

Ryan “The issue at hand here is that there is a commercial relationship between Fingal County Council and the Dublin Airport Authority, in fact the DAA is the single biggest rate payer to Fingal County Council. I just want to make it clear, I am not questioning any abilities of Fingal County Council or indeed it’s relationship with Dublin Airport Authority. I am just stating that there is indeed a relationship. It’s is an important one and it is commercial in nature and by appointing them noise regulator, there is a potential for a conflict of interest at some point into the future.”

Ryan “Minister Ross said he could see the point I was making about a conflict  but he said it was not of huge significance as the “rates paid by Dublin airport Authority to Fingal County Council only account for 8% of the Council’s income”. I found this totally astonishing. To think that nearly one tenth of all income for a Local Authority comes from one source proves the opposite point to what the Minister was trying to make. It demonstrates just how dependent Fingal County Council is on the DAA for income and in turn highlights the potential for conflict of interest. I strongly asked the Minister to reconsider this decision”