New airport noise regime delayed by ‘legal problems’
THE Minister for Transport’s attempts to change the regime governing noise control at Irish airport which could leave the door open for the overturning of controversial restrictions on night-time flying imposed on Dublin Airport’s new runway, has run into ‘serious legal problems’, according to Minister Shane Ross.
The daa wants to overturn night-time flying restrictions on the new runway while neighbours of the airport are anxious those planning conditions stay in place. The new noise control regime being introduced by Minister Ross would leave the fate of those conditions in the hands of the Irish Aviation Authority but the Government has encountered major delays in implementing the new regime.
Under questioning from Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy in the Dáil, Minister Ross explained the delays, and said the fault was not with his Department.
He told Deputy Troy: ‘It has been delayed and that is a great pity. It has been delayed much longer than we expected. However, he is also absolutely wrong. The delay has nothing to do with my Department. Taking this as an opportunity to have a swipe at the Department and everything else it is doing is absurd. The project has been delayed because there are serious legal problems and the matter is with the Attorney General’s office. I respect the right of the Attorney General’s office to do a thorough and exacting job.’