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Monday 20 August 2018

Port racket making us deaf -- residents

Din: Locals forced from homes by noise from container terminal

DUBLIN 4 residents tortured by relentless late-night noise from the port have suffered hearing loss and have been forced to abandon their homes.

Neighbours on Pigeon House Road in Ringsend said that they are exhausted from the constant din from a container terminal opposite their homes and are preparing to take their fight to Europe.

The terminal, controlled by Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL), has three gantry cranes which handle Panamax container vessels.

At their own cost, the residents brought in noise consultants Fehily Timoney who ruled that the noise in the neighbourhood was "significantly above the guideline values for community noise to avoid sleep disturbance . . . as recommended by the World Health Organisation".

The residents' requests are simple -- that the work stops at a reasonable hour, or at least before 10pm.

June Deakins has been in her home for 38 years but her hearing has deteriorated rapidly within the past few years.

"We are the little few houses that have been forgotten about -- we call ourselves the leper colony," June said.

"I attended a specialist and they said they hoped I wasn't using a walkman because it was damaging my hearing but I just can't stand the noise -- I use it to block out the noise."

Julie McCann (86) was born on Pigeon House Road but she had no option but to abandon her homestead.

"It was a wonderful place to live but it became unbearable when the noise became so bad," she said.

Fine Gael candidate Eoghan Murphy has pledged to assist the residents in their fight.

Dublin City Council, Dublin Port Company and Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) all failed to respond to questions before going to print.

The City Council claimed that a previous investigation showed no action was needed.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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