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Thursday 29 September 2016

Locals fear noise pollution as flight traffic increases

Pat Suttle, Maire O’Brien and Cllr Brian MacDonagh
Pat Suttle, Maire O’Brien and Cllr Brian MacDonagh

North Dublin communities have reacted with confusion to the news that Dublin Airport's second runway will be developed.

There were protests to the proposal when planning permission was first sought in 2007.

But speaking to the Herald, the organisers of those campaigns and residents in Portmarnock and St Margaret's were unsure how to react to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) announcement.

Runway

The small town of St Margaret's is located adjacent to the site of the proposed new runway.

In 2007, the St Margaret's Concerned Residents group was vocal in opposition to the runway and the noise that would be created.

But yesterday the group's chairperson Helena Merriman said that they were waiting to take a position on the revived plan.

"We are going to see the details and we are not making any comment at this time," she said.

Locals in the area said that they were unsure about what to think of the development.

"Somebody has said that in some way the runway might actually reduce the noise from planes in this area with the air traffic split between two, but I don't know," said one man, who didn't want to be named.

"There is a lot of noise at the moment, so I hope it won't cause any more," another local woman said.

The proposed new runway would dissect the R108 road, where the Boot Inn pub is located, beside the airport boundary.

"We haven't seen the details yet, so I'd rather not say anything until we know," the pub's manager said last night.

In Portmarnock, Maire O'Brien was part of the community group that originally protested against the runway.

Curfew

"Our first preference is for the runway not to be built at all, but our second is that there must be a night curfew for planes," she said.

She was joined by Pat Suttle and Labour councillor Brian McDonagh, who were considering a renewed community response.

"The 32 conditions that were in the planning permission must be adhered to - to the letter," Mr Suttle said.

Mr McDonagh said the DAA must clarify if conditions had been met, such as the sound insulation of schools.

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