RUN­WAY SUP­PORT BUT NEIGH­BOURS CON­CERNS ‘VALID’

Fingal Independent - - NEWS SPECIAL -

THE Fianna Fáil leader has told the Fin­gal In­de­pen­dent that he is back­ing the de­vel­op­ment of a new run­way at Dublin Air­port be he said ‘con­trols’ must be in place to min­imise the dis­rup­tion from the run­way to its neigh­bours.

Com­ment­ing on lo­cal res­i­dents con­cerns over at­tempts to over­turn plan­ning con­di­tions re­strict­ing night-time fly­ing from the run­way, Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Mar­tin TD told the Fin­gal In­de­pen­dent: ‘The con­cerns are rea­son­able and valid and the air­port has to be cog­nisant of its neigh­bour­hood and the qual­ity of life of peo­ple in neigh­bour­hoods around the air­port.’

But the Fianna Fáil leader recog­nises the air­port’s im­por­tance to the econ­omy of the re­gion and be­yond and said: ‘The air­port is a huge suc­cess eco­nom­i­cally and we are go­ing to see 30 mil­lion pas­sen­gers there this year and that is phe­nom­e­nal.

‘In many ways it has been a key en­abler of Dublin’s suc­cess eco­nom­i­cally. We, in our time, put huge in­vest­ment in the air­port in terms of the new ter­mi­nal which we got a lot of crit­i­cism for at the time but now it is burst­ing at the seams.

‘We were told we would never get the num­bers we were sug­gest­ing but it has been a sin­gu­lar suc­cess. I think the new run­way is needed, how­ever the con­trols have to be there, par­tic­u­larly at night in terms of noise and dis­rup­tion to neigh­bours.’

Deputy Mar­tin crit­i­cised the Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Shane Ross TD for his ‘lethargy’ in im­ple­ment­ing a new noise con­trol regime for Ir­ish air­ports by ap­point­ing a com­pe­tent author­ity to ad­min­is­ter the new regime. That author­ity would ul­ti­mately make the de­ci­sion whether or not to al­low night time fly­ing from the new run­way, some­thing which neigh­bours of the air­port op­pose but the daa says is cru­cial to the vi­a­bil­ity of the new in­fra­struc­ture.

The Fianna Fáil leader said: ‘I think there has been ter­ri­ble lethargy on the is­sue from Shane Ross - he’s not mak­ing de­ci­sions.’

He added: ‘The fact that he has made no de­ci­sion is just in­cred­i­ble - he seems to be duck­ing and div­ing on the is­sue.’

Deputy Mar­tin who was on a visit to Fin­gal said two is­sues he hoped to dis­cuss with lo­cals that were a prob­lem for the re­gion and the coun­try as a whole were hous­ing and health.

He said a lot of peo­ple in Fin­gal were on wait­ing lists for so­cial hous­ing and for health care and both is­sues needed at­ten­tion from Gov­ern­ment. He called for an in­crease in ‘af­ford­able’ prop­erty as well as re­form­ing so­cial hous­ing de­liv­ery which he called ‘overly bu­reau­cratic’.

On the hos­pi­tal wait­ing lists, he said: ‘There are plenty of ar­eas where we are go­ing to keep the heat on the Gov­ern­ment. We did se­cure cer­tain devel­op­ments in the bud­get, the Treat­ment Pur­chase Fund be­ing one, to try and get the wait­ing lists down but we will keep at it.’

The pro­posed Run­way North was dis­cussed by Fianna Fail leader Micheál Mar­tin.

The for­mer Rush Garda Sta­tion.

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