Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has warned that a second runway at Dublin Airport may not be up and running by 2021 due to Government inaction.

Dublin Airport Authority has insisted that legislation must be in place to make Fingal County Council the competent authority to administer an EU noise directive prior to construction of a second runway commencing. The DAA has warned that failure to put in place the necessary legislation could upend the entire project.

Deputy Troy said, “The most pressing issue facing Dublin Airport currently is the need to get a second runway up and running. The airfield, taxiway and stand capacity is already inadequate to meet current traffic levels. The need for a second runway is clear for all to see and this project is arguably one of the most important for securing Ireland’s continued economic development in the years ahead.

“The project has been unable to proceed to date as Minister Ross has failed to progress the necessary legislation to enable the use of a second runway. It’s nothing short of a disgrace that Minister Ross is still unable to set out a timeline for the passage of this vital legislation. Meanwhile Minister Ross has sought to meddle in other Minister’s business as he focuses on his own vanity projects, which he has been unable to deliver on after two years in Government.

“The latest trick that Minister Ross has used to deflect from his failings on the second runway is to talk up the possibility of a third terminal at Dublin Airport. This is nothing but a sideshow considering the requirement for a third terminal does not arise until 2038. We need to know the timeline for the passage of legislation on a second runway. This would be far more useful than hearing the various musings from Minister Ross on his own pet projects,” concluded Deputy Troy.