Fianna Fáil’s Transport, Tourism and Sport Spokesperson, Robert Troy has said it would seem Minister Ross is prepared to suggest anything once it manages to deflect from his failure to deliver a much needed second runway at Dublin Airport.
The Deputy was commenting ahead of this morning’s meeting of Cabinet where it’s expected the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD would be bringing a report for discussion on constructing a third terminal at the airport.
Troy said, “Dublin Airport welcomed a record 2.9 million passengers in September and we can predict that that traffic is likely to steadily grow.
“The need to get a second runway up and operating and improving other existing infrastructure becomes more urgent by the day. The airfield, taxiway and parking stand capacity are already inadequate to meet the current level in traffic; they are in fact heavily congested.
“The development of a second runway is arguably one of the most important projects for securing Ireland’s future economic development particularly port-Brexit. But rather than act on this and improve runway capacity, the Minister has come forward with an altogether new and unnecessary proposal that just reflects how out of touch he is with the issues at hand.
“The talk of a third terminal at Dublin Airport does absolutely nothing to address capacity issues. The last Fine Gael led Government launched a national aviation policy in 2015 and at no point in it was a need for a third terminal highlighted.
“How could we seriously approach the notion of developing a third terminal when the airport doesn’t have enough tarmac to facilitate the current demand for flights?
He added, “It’s concerning that aspects of an unpublished report have been leaked while being considered by Cabinet this morning. These leaks are unlikely to be a balanced representation of the full findings of the report but rather selected leaks of a predetermined preference of Minister Ross.
“The report is in fact likely to present wider options for further consideration and consultation in relation to an Independent third terminal.
“It’s somewhat disingenuous to raise this proposal at a time when the Dublin Airport Authority is to launch its €900 million expansion program – seeking regulatory approval creates uncertainty and may in fact risk this much need investment now.
“It would seem Minister Ross is prepared to suggest anything once it manages to deflect from his failings on the second runway,” he concluded.