The Ward St Margarets Residents Group spoke to the Oireachtas Transport Committee this week to give evidence of the impact of illegal flight paths from Dublin Airport on communities in North County Dublin.
In a meeting the group made a number of requests:
- They called on members of the committee to engage with the DAA and compel them to enegage meaningfully with the communities affected.
- They asked that the North Runway and Dublin Airport operate with within the parameters of the planning permission. The planning permission they have not the planning permission they want.
- They asked for consideration to be given to the establishment of an independent committee to review the impact of aviation noise on health and to make recommendations to government on how noise can be mitigated. All options should be considered for that including relocation of the worst affecetd and full and proper insulation for those that stay.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“I’m very glad to see the residents of St Margarets The Ward explaining the issue and making their case for the community directly to the committee. Those who are not from North County Dublin are probably not aware of the massive impact the airport is having by using flight paths without planning permission. It’s impacting health in a huge way. It is putting noise sensitive facilities such has schools and nursing homes right in the firing line and really destroying any trust that existed between the airport and the local community. I hope this issue will continue to be raised politically at every level.
“When you look at what the residents are asking for it is totally reasonable and it is the kind of common sense approach that should have been applied from the start. I support this group and I will continue to call on the DAA and IAA to adhere to the planning permission. It’s inexcusable that illegal flight paths continue to distrupt the lives of so many people, and without any explanation why.”