‘Annoyance’ over Dublin Airport Authority information clinics

by Sylvia Pownall

A series of drop-in information clinics on the development of Dublin Airport are scheduled to take place over the summer months.

As part of an ongoing engagement process with local communties Dublin Airport Authority will hold the first meeting in River Valley, Swords this Thursday June 14.

The session begins at 3pm in St Finian’s community centre and ends at 6.30pm according to a notice posted on the daa website.

Community liaison officer with the daa Maura Cassidy advises: “The purpose of the clinics is to provide an opportunity for local residents to raise any queries regarding current operations and planned projects at Dublin Airport.

“On a monthly basis thereafter, we will host clinics in St. Margaret’s, Portmarnock/Malahide, Santry and Kinsealy/Feltrim, and notification of dates and venues will be provided in advance.

“All residents are welcome to attend.”

One River Valley resident said he was “annoyed” with the process and was hoping locals would turn out in numbers to voice their concerns.

He said: “We need the people out in force for the meeting. In the 1980s residents successfully staved off any opportunity which arose over the use of night time flying.

“Now, even with the advent of an extra runway, the daa seem to be determined to undermine all the good karma created through years of diligent negotiation.

“The second runway consultations and the increase of air pollution, and noise pollution, although serious topics of conversation, are only a ruse in my opinion.

“The bigger issue of flying at night on flight routes closer to houses is yet to come.”

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