In recent weeks Fingal County Council has issued a warning letter to the Dublin Airport Authority in relation to the operation of the new North Runway.
The letter outlines a number of issues where unauthorised action may be taking place, including the current flight paths of aircraft and aircraft noise not in accordance with what is permitted by the planning permission.
Commenting on the enforcement action, Joe O’Brien TD said:
“Since the beginning of the operation of the new runway in August, I have received numerous complaints from members of the public about a huge increase in the levels of aircraft noise they are experiencing. This noise seems to be far in excess of what was anticipated from the conditions attached to the use of the runway as part of the planning process.
“Aircraft noise is not just a nuisance to effected people, it is also a public health problem that can cause a host of negative effects when people are unable to sleep adequately in their own homes. This is something that I have repeatedly sought to highlight in my planning submissions on the operation of the runway.
“It’s positive that Fingal County Council have issued this warning letter, but this must be followed up on actively so that this issue is not allowed to carry on for those who are being impacted.”
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“It is clear to anyone living near the airport that the flight paths that were discussed before the North Runway was operational and the ones that are being used now are not the same.
“This situation cannot be allowed to continue. People bought and built houses with the understanding that airport noise was not going to impact them, now they are seeing aircraft fly directly over them.
“The DAA need to correct this and do what was agreed in the planning permission. I’m glad to see Fingal take action but I hope that this gets resolved soon.”