Written answers

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Noise Pollution

11:00 am

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin North Central, Fine Gael)
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Question 140: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has satisfied himself that the measures currently in place to combat noise pollution are sufficient; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42538/06]

Photo of Dick RocheDick Roche (Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State, Department of An Taoiseach; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Significant powers are available to local authorities and to individuals to deal with environmental noise issues. I am also aware from the recent Second Stage debate on the Noise Bill 2006 of a shared concern to ensure that legislation in this area is adequate and to strengthen existing provisions if that is found to be necessary. The Government did not oppose the Bill and the sufficiency of existing measures will therefore be the subject of further examination in Committee in due course.

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