Dáil Éireann - Volume 655 - 21 May, 2008
Written Answers. - State Airports.
Deputy Pat Breen Deputy Pat Breen
Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Transport further to the Irish Aviation Authority’s reply of 6 February 2008 to Dublin City Council (details supplied), his views on the IAA’s confirmation in the reply that it had no observations on the Beacon proposal for a major hospital within the outer public safety zone of Dublin runway 16/34; if, arising from the subsequent notification of a decision to grant permission for the said development, his Department, in like manner to the IAA, has similarly abandoned the safety recommendation in the ERM report that major developments such as schools and hospitals should be prohibited within outer PSZs at the State airports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20114/08]
Deputy Noel Dempsey Deputy Noel Dempsey
Deputy Noel Dempsey: It would not be appropriate for me to comment on any individual planning decision made by a local authority. Planning decisions are a matter for the local authorities under the Planning and Development Act. Following the finalization of the study on public safety zones by ERM, the Government approved the drawing up of guidelines by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, to be  issued to local authorities regarding public safety zones at the three State Airports. I understand that these guidelines are currently being drafted.
Dáil Éireann 655 Written Answers. State Airports.