Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (327)

Catherine Martin

Question:

327. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the noise data which will be transferred to Fingal County Council as the newly appointed noise regulator; and if copies of this data can be made available. [28469/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Under Section 9 of the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Act 2019 it is a matter for Fingal County Council, as the Noise Regulator, to determine the information it requires.

That section also provides that the Noise Regulator shall publish on its website a report which will include a summary of the data examined and the relevant technical information in relation to any proposed noise mitigation measures and operating restrictions to be introduced. It will also include a non-technical summary. In addition, it will publish, in a national newspaper, a notice stating how persons may view or otherwise have access to that report.

The Act provides for similar powers and responsibilities under Sections 10 and 12 of the Act with reference to An Bord Pleanála, in the case of an appeal, and again to the Noise Regulator under Section 11 in the case of a planning application.

The Act provides an open and transparent process for assessing noise at Dublin airport and provides that all relevant data is publically available and accessible.