Fingal County Council appoint new noise regulator for Dublin Airport

by Sylvia Pownall
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Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is expected to ask that planning conditions attached to its new runway be changed after a noise regulator was formally appointed this week.

Fingal County Council has established an Airport Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) which will “assess current and predicted future levels of noise at Dublin Airport”.

The local authority was appointed under legislation proposed by Transport Minister Shane Ross in 2017 and passed by the Oireachtas – in the face of stiff opposition.

Objectors argued that the council could not make independent rulings on the airport’s operations since it collects significant commercial rates from the hub.

The DAA is likely to ask that restrictions limiting the number of night flights imposed by An Bord Pleanala in 2007 be lifted ahead of the new airstrip opening in 2021.

FCC has appointed Gilbert Power as director of the ANCA with a team of engineering, technical and administrative staff in place along with “a supporting team of specialist experts”.

Mr Power said: “We are now ready to start our work and fulfilling our obligations under the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Act 2019.

“Our initial work over the next few months will be to train in staff and review the existing data on noise levels at Dublin Airport.

“The Act is very specific as to what we can and cannot do and we will be adhering strictly to its parameters in the course of our work.”

Under EU legislation flights can be restricted only where other measures to ease aircraft noise will not work.

Acting council chief AnnMarie Farrelly said the ANCA would “implement its mandate” to assess current and predicted future levels of noise at the airport.

She added: “Fingal County Council has a track record of performing the role of competent authority in areas such as planning and environment, and will now continue this in the area of aircraft noise regulation.”

The ANCA does not deal with individual aircraft noise complaints which should continue to be made to the DAA at

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