Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has warned that the economy is suffering as a result of Minister Shane Ross’s failure to progress key legislation necessary to enable the use of a second runway at Dublin Airport.

 Deputy Troy said, “Minister Ross has spent much time in recent days discussing the specifics surrounding the proposal for a third terminal at Dublin Airport. While it’s important to plan for the future, the requirement for a third terminal does not arise until 2038.

 “Meanwhile the most pressing issue facing Dublin Airport at the moment is the need to get a second runway up and running immediately. Minister Ross has been warned that the failure to put in place the necessary legislation to facilitate the opening of a second runway is putting the economy at risk. The airfield, taxiway and stand capacity at Dublin Airport is already inadequate to meet current traffic levels. A second runway is needed now.

 “Minister Ross has been an abysmal failure on so many issues, but the failure to progress the necessary legislation to enable the use of a second runway is perhaps his most profound failure to date.

 “Minister Ross has frustrated the entire project by wasting 18 months discussing the possibility to designate the Irish Aviation Authority as the competent noise regulator, only to abandon this proposal and instead designate Fingal County Council as the relevant authority. We are still waiting for the heads of legislation to bring this proposal into effect.

 “Dublin Airport is a driver of economic growth nationally and when it struggles then so does the wider economy. How can we expect to attract new jobs and investment into the country when our main airport is unable to cope with demand?

 “Minister Ross has abdicated his responsibility to deal with major transport issues and has instead focused on vanity projects which have no relation to his portfolio. It would be more in line for the Minister to focus on delivering on a second runway for Dublin Airport instead of meddling in other Minister’s business,” concluded Deputy Troy.