DAA – public meeting called by Deputy Mayor to address air flights impact on local residents

Public meeting this Thursday 19 to address ongoing issues caused by DAA north runway - “FCC and ANCA need to step up!”- says Cllr

by Rose Barrett
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Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cathal Boland (Ind) will host a meeting this Thursday, January 19 at 8.30pm in Kettles Country House Hotel, Rolestown, near Swords.

Cllr Boland has called the meeting to discuss further the “unacceptable level of noise pollution emanating from the DAA.” Since the introduction of the North Runway in August last year,  flights are deviating from the 2007 flight paths granted.  

“Many communities out here are now experiencing horrendous noise pollution as a result of planes flying over their homes.”

Cllr Boland called on Fingal County Council to take enforcement action against the DAA.

“Last Thursday, the DAA advised that the IAA had approved revised flight paths which still remain outside of that which was originally presented with the original planning application. This goes no way to reduce the concerns of the community which feels it has been taken advantage of.”

HE stated a large attendance is expected as people residents will come from many areas which are experiencing disruption from the flights – St Margaret’s, Rolestown, Oldtown, Ballyboughal, and more.

Cllr Ann Graves (SF) has said that Sinn Féin fully supports the meeting “to allow affected residents raise their concerns, Deputy Louise O’Reilly and I will attend as we have previously attended meetings called by residents and will stand with them during their ongoing ordeal.”

She continued: “Re the DAA announcement in relation to upcoming changes to the Standard Instrument Departure (SID) paths.  At best it will only move flights approx 150m further westward.  

“This follows more than five months of a review with no consideration given to complying with the planning permission obtained by the DAA in 2007 before they constructed the new runway..

“There new flight paths do not adhere to the 2007 planning permission. They are attempting to match the Relevant Action application which is under appeal. The planning regulator (FCC) and the noise regulator (ANCA) need to step up.

“Responses to motions and Questions I have raised through the council and local area committee in FCC have not addressed the matter,” she said.

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