Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Public Consultation on Noise Regulations

The issue of noise pollution and noisy neighbours is an extremely disturbing and distressing problem for residents. It is fast becoming an increasing problem throughout the Central Area. The current legislative situation is completely inadequate. An outline of the current situation is outlined in the useful Enfo Document A Guide to the Noise Regulations

The Minister for the Environment has launched a public consultation on the noise regulations. A consultation paper (click on link to download) has been prepared which examines a range of issues including:

Improved powers for local authorities to take steps to address noise sources
To provide An Garda Síochána with powers similar to local authorities vis-à-vis noise pollution
The drafting of codes of practice for industry, construction, commerce and domestic situations for the reduction of noise
A higher profile for noise issues through an annual reporting mechanism
The creation of a website to provide information to affected persons on appropriate means for addressing complaints.

Comments are invited on any of the issues raised in this paper. Submissions should be marked “Noise Legislation Review‘ and sent, not later than 31 October, 2008, preferably by email, with “Noise Legislation Review” in the subject line, to: noiseconsultation@environ.ie
or by mail to Eoin Deegan, Air Quality Section, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Custom House , Dublin 1

We will be making a submission on this and would welcome your comments to emercostello@eircom.net

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