233 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if, in accordance with section 77 of the Roads Act, 1993, provisions are put in place by the National Roads Authority to compensate private residents where a major road development takes place; if such compensation is directly channelled to residents to alleviate increasing noise pollution as a result of such a development; the number of cases where the National Roads Authority has responded to such a provision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8921/01]
Written Answers. - Roads Projects.
While section 77 of the Roads Act, 1993, provides power to make regulations, in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency, requiring works to be carried out on newly constructed or improved roads to mitigate the effects of road traffic noise, this issue is dealt with on a case by case basis through environmental impact assessment.