The Government published a policy statement today supporting the development of Dublin Airport and announcing the plan to place Fingal County Council in charge of regulating the airport’s noise.
“Our economy is growing strongly, and the Government is working to ensure that it continues to do so,” said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross.
“As an island economy, it is obvious that Dublin Airport has a hugely important role to play in that regard, and so its future development is of broad national interest.”
EU Regulation 598/2014 requires a noise regulator independent of the airport for all major European Airports.
“This is a very welcome development,” said Minister Ross.
“It will ensure that for the first time there is a fair and transparent system for the independent assessment and monitoring of airport noise at Dublin Airport—on an ongoing basis—and that proposals for expanding future capacity and/or increasing aircraft movements are specifically evaluated for their noise impact, as well as other existing environmental impact assessment requirements.”
Minister Ross plans to publish a bill detailing the noise regulation later this year.
“The bill will also provide for public consultation and a process for appeals. As a first step, Fingal County Council will be required to carry out a noise assessment to evaluate airport noise at Dublin Airport,” he said.
Fingal County Council issued a statement saying they are awaiting the bill’s publication and “in the meantime the necessary resources will be put in place to deliver a robust and independent regulatory system”.