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Friday 20 October 2017

Residents fear noise pollution as runway works start at night

MAJOR works on Dublin Airport's aging main runway has led to fears of night-time noise pollution as aircaft take a different flight path over the northside.

The main runway will be closed between 11pm and 5am for the duration of the work with flights being switched to a back-up landing strip.

Northside councillor Sean Haughey has said that he is very concerned that this will lead to an increase in night time aircraft noise over areas such as Clontarf, Donnycarney and Beaumont.

"Local residents have not been adequately informed about these developments and I have received a number of complaints in this regard from worried householders," Mr Haughey said.

"The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) needs to fully engage with the local communities in relation to these works and alleviate their concerns," he said.

The Fianna Fail councillor said that disruption "must be kept to a minimum and the repairs should be completed in the fastest possible timeframe."

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He said that the initial preparatory works will last nine weeks, and that a second phase to commence next year will continue for 18 to 24 months.

The DAA said that the maintenance works were essential and that locals will be notified through ads in newspapers before they begin at the end of the month.

"The main runway is 26 years old this year," said spokeswoman Siobhan O'Donnell adding "we don't have a second parallel runway".

A back-up runway is already used when there are crosswinds she said.

According to Ms O'Donnell the work has to take place at night "so that Ireland isn't disadvantaged in any way, and flights aren't disadvantaged in any way".

There would be some flights coming in between 10.30 and 12 midnight she said. Some of the transatlantic flights might come in from 5.30am.

But the plan is to have the main runway back in use from 5am in time for the transatlantic carriers, she added.

fdillon@herald.ie

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