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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to parliamentary question number 1252 of 21 March 2017, if he will report on the reason the Dublin Aviation Authority has refused to provide longitudinal measurements of noise (details supplied) to local residents as promised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly.

 
Where he stated that the DAA had informed him that they continued to provide longitudinal measurements of noise to local residents, and were finalising this information for the Community Liaison Group on March 30th, to make a statement in light of the fact that this information has subsequently been refused to these residents.
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Shane Ross

REPLY

As the Deputy is aware, the daa has statutory responsibility to manage, operate and develop Dublin Airport, including the North Runway project.
When the Deputy previously raised this issue with me back in March, I had enquiries made of daa and was informed at the time that the longitudinal analysis requested at the Community Liaison Group meeting was being finalised and would be presented at the next meeting of that forum which was scheduled for 30th March.
However, I have now been advised by daa that it is not in a position to provide the information to the Community Liaison Group as intended due to the legal proceedings taken by local residents in the vicinity of the Airport in relation to the runway project.  This matter, along with other legal proceedings against Fingal County Council and the State, have been listed for hearings to commence in the Commercial Court in October.  It would therefore be inappropriate for me to comment further on issues to which these proceedings refer.

Dáil Question
No: 48

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an aircraft (details supplied) sought and received permission to transport arms or munitions through Shannon Airport on either of the dates it was there..
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 10th May, 2017.
Details supplied: National Air Cargo N176CA, that arrived at Shannon from Norfolk US naval base on 20 April at about 4.49pm, and took off again at 6.56pm, landing at Budapest and later at Kuwait international airport. The plane landed again at Shannon airport on 21 April at about 8.46pm on its way back to the United States.
Ref No:   22103/17     Lottery:   4
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Shane Ross

REPLY
​The Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, S.I. 224 1973, as amended, provides that no munitions or weapons of war may be carried by an aircraft in Irish airspace without an exemption granted under the Order.
I can confirm that in accordance with Article 5 of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973, a munition of war permit was issued on 13th April 2017 for each of the National Airline flights that landed in Shannon on the 20th and 21st April 2017.

Dáil Question
No: 54

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to parliamentary question number 23 of 22 March 2017, if he will report on progress appointing residents’ representatives onto the collaborative working group to develop protocols and rules in relation to the management of noise at Dublin Airport under EU Regulation 598/2014,.
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 10th May, 2017.
Ref No:   22102/17     Lottery:   10
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Shane Ross

REPLY

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that, as previously stated in my response to Deputy Daly on 22 March 2017, before any decisions are made about aircraft noise management at Dublin Airport, there will be an opportunity for all stakeholders, including residents, to have their views taken into consideration by the designated Competent Authority.  I also stated, at the request of the Deputy, that I would be happy to request the IAA meet with a community representative from the resident’s forum group to discuss EU Regulation 598/2014. As the Deputy will be aware, officials in my Department continue to engage with the Office of the Attorney General and the Parliamentary Counsel to implement EU Regulation 598/2014 by way of Statutory Instrument.
I would like to make it clear that it will ultimately be the responsibility of the designated Competent Authority to implement the rules and procedures which are set down in EU Regulation 598/14 relating to the new noise management regulatory regime for Dublin Airport. The Competent Authority will be appointed shortly, following finalisation of the SI. While I am providing for public consultation in the legislation, it is not envisaged that the Competent Authority will establish a collaborative working group to develop protocols and rules in relation to the management of noise as, I have just outlined, the rules and procedures have already been established under Regulation 598/14.
However, I do expect and I am ensuring under the SI, that the Competent Authority shall interact with  stakeholders, including residents, before any decision is made on noise management.

Dáil Question
No: 56

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if EU Regulation 598/2014 will be implemented here by primary legislation or statutory instrument, or both; and the likely timescale for same.
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 10th May, 2017.
Ref No:   22104/17     Lottery:   12
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Shane Ross

REPLY

I thank the Deputy for her question on this significant piece of legislation.
The entry into force in June 2016 of EU Regulation 598/2014 represented a shift in responsibility from the airport operator to a separate, independent statutory entity or competent authority to oversee the delivery of the new, more prescriptive approach to aircraft noise management. Along with all other EU Member States, Ireland must give effect to this changed situation.
There are two key reforms in the planned implementation of this EU Regulation. Firstly, a dedicated, expert-focused competent authority in Ireland is being designated to take responsibility for consideration of all aircraft noise issues at Dublin Airport. While I acknowledge there is no one available body perfectly suited to fulfilling this function, the Irish Aviation Authority is considered to be best placed to perform this important regulatory role. This is particularly relevant to the on-going requirement for aircraft noise assessment at the airport. The second essential reform is to clarify the collaborative working and public consultation arrangements that have to be applied in this area. It is important that there is clarity about how the legitimate concerns of residents about aircraft noise at the airport will be taken into account.
Insofar as the question of primary legislation is concerned, deliberations are still ongoing with the Attorney General’s Office regarding any elements that may necessitate primary legislation.  I hope you can appreciate that until concrete clarification in this area is achieved, I cannot give absolute information at this stage. As you will now be keenly aware, officials in my Department are engaging in long and careful consideration of all advice from the Office of the Attorney General. The immediate focus remains on the completion of the Statutory Instrument and any further issues which may need to be clarified by way of primary legislation will follow in due course.

Dáil Question
No: 77

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has had recent engagement with the Dublin Aviation Authority regarding the development of the new runway at Dublin Airport, with particular reference to its plans to seek to overturn the restrictions in the An Bord Pleanála planning permission regarding night flights; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 10th May, 2017.
Ref No:   22105/17     Lottery:   36
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Shane Ross

REPLY

daa holds statutory responsibility for the management, operation and development of Dublin Airport, which includes the provision of necessary infrastructure like the North Runway Project which it announced last April.
Since then, my officials receive regular updates from daa about progress being made on the project.  In addition, I met with the Chairman and the CEO of daa in June 2016 and more recently with the Chairman on 5 April 2017 during which the North Runway project was discussed.
Following their decision to proceed with the project, daa made it clear that two of the conditions attached to the planning permission were of particular concern to them in that they would result in operating restrictions across the entire airport (not just the new runway).  daa has stated its intention to seek to have these planning conditions, which they consider restrictive, altered. This position was also conveyed to me during my discussions with the daa.
The process to alter these conditions will involve the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.  I understand that daa have consulted widely on the content of this EIS and that feedback reports on these consultations are available on the Dublin Airport website.
As the Deputy is aware, EU Regulation 598/2014 came into force in June last year and introduces procedures with regard to the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at EU airports employing a “balanced approach” that takes account of land-use planning and noise mitigation measures.
This is of significant interest in the context of the development of the North Runway at Dublin Airport and potential interfaces with existing environmental and planning legislation.  A statutory instrument is now being finalised to implement it into national law to provide for the designation of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) as the competent authority to assess the noise situation at Dublin airport, to implement the balanced approach to manage noise and to undertake monitoring and enforcement actions.
Provision will be made for appropriate collaborative working arrangements between the competent authority and other relevant statutory bodies, for robust consultation with stakeholders including local residents, and for an appropriate appeals mechanism.  The Department continues to work with the Office of the Attorney General to complete the l