New air­port noise regime de­layed by ‘le­gal prob­lems’

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.’

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