I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 3 and 4 together.
All practical measures consistent with safe operation are taken to minimise disturbance to the public by jet flights en route to and from Dublin Airport. For instance, there are no scheduled flights by jet aircraft after approximately 11 p.m. and special noise abatement techniques are used, where applicable.
Aer Lingus have not transferred pilot training from Shannon to Dublin but it is necessary to carry out some parts of the training programme temporarily at Dublin this year so as to enable it to be completed in time for the coming summer schedule. Such training as has taken place coupled with a temporary re-routing of traffic which was necessary to permit of repairs to the main runway, has understandably caused some uneasiness in areas not previously sensitive to aircraft noise. I am satisfied that existing arrangements to abate noise are satisfactory having regard to the location of a number of built-up areas in relation to the airport.