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Households near Dublin Airport to get €20,000 insulation grants to reduce aircraft noise

Fingal County Council has ammended its planning in regard to night time flights on the airport’s new North Runway.

A protest during the Official Sod-Turning for Dublin Airport’s North Runway in 2019.
A protest during the Official Sod-Turning for Dublin Airport’s North Runway in 2019.
Image: Leah Farrell

ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDERS IN the vicinity of Dublin airport are in line for a €20,000 grant to insulate their homes from night time air traffic noise at Dublin airport.

The requirement on airport operator, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to provide the €20,000 grant to eligible households is one of a number of conditions attached to a Fingal County Council planning decision to have operating restrictions on the airport’s new €320 million runway lifted.

The new runway is due to open to commercial air traffic next Wednesday, 24 August.

In its decision, the local authority has amended two planning conditions attached to the 2007 planning permission for the runway.

Ahead of the runway becoming operational, DAA was seeking amendments to the runway’s 2007 planning permission that will allow the 3.1km runway be used between 6am and midnight and that a noise quota system would be used to dictate the number of night-time flights at the airport.

The 2007 planning permission in place curtails flights between 11pm and 7am. The airport operator has now succeeded on both fronts with the Fingal County Council decision.

As part of its 245 page planner’s report into the case, Fingal County Council concluded that the application “would further safeguard the role of Dublin Airport and the long term amenity of residents in the area”.

A spokesman for DAA said today that it welcomed the  decision by Fingal County Council to amend and replace two conditions associated with the planning permission for Dublin Airport’s North Runway. 

He said that the Council’s determination “provides for the limited extended use of the new runway at key late-evening and early-morning busy periods and includes a generous insulation grant scheme for eligible local residential properties”. 

He said: “It also provides for the replacement of a night-time aircraft movement cap with a more considered noise management quota system that encourages the use of quieter aircraft, an industry-standard approach for managing aircraft noise at large international airports around the world.”

He added: “This will be complemented by further noise mitigation and enhanced monitoring measures.  The planning decision helps provide the operational flexibility required by Dublin Airport to enable the regrowth and development of international connectivity at Ireland’s main gateway.”

The spokesman said: “North Runway is a significant milestone for the Irish economy, the local economy, for Dublin Airport and its customers.  It will enhance Ireland’s connectivity as a gateway between Europe and North America and will support the creation of 31,200 new Irish jobs and €2.2 billion in additional economic activity by 2043”

The lifting of the restrictions will be put on hold, if, as expected the decision is appealed to An Bord Pleanála by north Dublin residents.

The application attracted scores of objections from the north Dublin area.

In an objection against DAA’s plan, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Dublin West TD, Roderic O’Gorman (Green) branded as “unacceptable” the noise levels that local residents will be faced with if the planning restrictions are lifted.

However, the airline industry threw its weight in support of the plans with 15 carriers including Dublin airport’s two main customers, Ryanair and Aer Lingus offering their support.

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