Residents Protest Plans To Inc...


Residents Protest Plans To Increase Dublin Airport Capacity

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:37 13 Dec 2023

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People living near Dublin Airport have turned out to protest over plans to expand capacity at the airport.

The demonstration took place outside Fingal County Council offices in Swords last night as members of daa met with council officials ahead of a planning application being lodged for new infrastructure.

The airport authority says growing the airport is crucial but residents say the noise of planes is intolerable.

One man at the protest says he and his family can't sleep;

"The noise levels now are disgraceful; I was awakened at 4.30 this morning and then it really started at 7 o'clock.

"During the summer we couldn't stay in our back gardens, we couldn't have a conversation in the back garden.

"If a neighbour from hell moved in beside me he'd be arrested."

DAA Group Head of Communications Kevin Cullinane has said growing the airport is crucial;

"Dublin Airport is a key economic driver of the national economy as Ireland’s national airport and the primary gateway to the world, welcoming the majority of international passengers, facilitating 30% of Ireland’s exports by value, and contributing €9.6 billion in Gross Value Added to the Irish economy," he said.

"Dublin Airport as a major employer in Fingal accounts for almost 20,000 direct jobs and has hired an additional 1,000 people in support of airport operations this year."

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