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Environmental Noise Pollution – interview with EEA noise expert

Noise pollution is a growing problem across Europe and one which many people may not be aware of the impacts of on their health. The European Environment Agency’s environmental noise expert, Eulalia Peris discusses the key findings of the EEA report ‘Environmental noise in Europe — 2020’, published in March. Main conclusions of the second report on environmental ...
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Number of Europeans exposed to harmful noise pollution expected to increase

Road traffic is the top source of noise pollution in Europe, the new EEA report ‘Noise in Europe – 2020’ says, with noise levels projected to rise in both urban and rural areas over the next decade due to urban growth and increased demand for mobility. Rail, aircraft and industry round up the other top sources of environmental noise pollution. The report provides an update of noise pollution tr...
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Planning challenged over traffic noise and air pollution concerns

The High Court has granted a campaign group in Meath permission to challenge a planning decision for a large housing estate just outside of Drogheda over traffic, noise, and air pollution concerns. In May, An Bord Pleanála granted permission for Coreet Limited to develop the 250 dwelling complex in Bryanstown on the outskirts of Drogheda. The proposed development would also inc...
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Noise pollution hampering birds communicating

Noise pollution is making it difficult for birds to communicate with each other and it could lead to a severe decline in numbers, new research from Queen’s University Belfast has found. In spring, birds use song to show aggressiveness and to attain territory for nesting and breeding, but this is becoming tougher due to noisy conditions created by humans. Dr Gareth Arnott, Senior Lecturer and Res...
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Poolbeg Residents hold protest against Noise Pollution

Several Poolbeg residents took to the streets last Tuesday to protest against noise pollution, with another demonstration planned for May 30.  The residents staged a demonstration where they blocked traffic Poolbeg Quay for a time during rush hour in an effort to raise awareness of on-going noise pollution in the locality. Locals in the Poolbeg Quay apartments say that the noise of early mornin...
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New noise regulator will hear the voices of residents, says Minister Ross

Shane Ross, TD Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has welcomed the enactment of the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Act 2019 which was signed into law by President Higgins last week. Following publication of the Act, Minister Ross said: “This vital piece of law has finally been passed. The concerns of residents and local businesses have been heeded.” This Act implements EU ...
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Conflict of Interest Accusations Against Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport

There was intense pressure on Transport Minister Shane Ross to appoint a noise regulator for Dublin Airport, even though officials knew accusations of a conflict of interest were certain to arise.  Mr Ross chose Fingal County Council as noise regulator despite the fact 8% of its total budgeted income each year comes from the Dublin Airport Authority. Internal records show how the Department of ...
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Noise Pollution put brakes on Tayto Park plans for €14 million rollercoaster

Four residents living close to Tayto Park have put the brakes on plans for a new ‘iconic’ €14 million steel ride roller coaster ride at Ireland’s largest theme park.  This follows the residents, Donal Greene and Clare Smith along with Suzanne Galwey and Jeremy Butcher, lodging a joint appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision by Meath County Council to give the project the go-ahead last mont...
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Is noise pollution damaging our health?

When we think about pollution we usually point to foul air, unsafe water, or toxic waste.  But as we enter 2019, what about the damage noise is doing to our health? Aren’t we being bombarded by more noise than ever before? From the street outside the busy coffee shop where I am sitting comes the pounding of a pneumatic drill – not more roadworks! Now it’s the roar of a dustcart. Business is get...
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New Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill introduced

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has published the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill, 2018 which appoints a new independent noise regulator - Fingal County Council. Minister Ross said: “The new regulator will be responsible for applying EU law to airport noise management. It will have enforcement powers to ensure that the DAA complies with noise management...
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