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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 June 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Ceisteanna (460)

Clare Daly

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460. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will liaise with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to devise an insulation plan for housing under the flight path at Dublin Airport with particular reference to the types of grant aided schemes operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. [26306/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the Government's energy efficiency grant schemes, which are funded by my Department. Those schemes fund insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of homes, and are available nationwide. A range of measures are available including attic and wall insulation.  In addition the SEAI also administers the new Deep Retrofit Programme, which provides 50% funding toward the cost of an energy efficiency upgrade where a home can achieve an A3 energy rating after works are completed. Again, this scheme is available nationwide.

I understand from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, that the Dublin Airport Authority (daa) holds statutory responsibility for the management, operation and development of Dublin Airport, including responsibility for the mitigation of aircraft noise which may affect neighbouring communities. I understand that daa launched a programme in June 2017 for dwellings impacted by noise from the current operations of the existing southern runway. The Dublin Airport Home Sound Insulation Programme is available to dwellings that are located within particular noise contours.  

In addition, I also understand that, on the new North Runway project, the Deputy will be aware of a number of mitigation measures which were proposed by Dublin Airport and conditioned by An Bord Pleanála as part of the 2007 planning permission for the Runway.  These measures include a Voluntary Dwelling Purchase Scheme and an Insulation Scheme for Homes and Schools which are expected to fall within certain noise measurement thresholds once the North Runway is operational.

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