Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
593. Deputy Anne Ferris asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when will legislation tackling noise pollution be introduced; the measures that will be proposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24041/11]
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The Programme for Government includes a commitment to address noise pollution through the introduction of fixed payment notices (also known as on-the- spot fines) and provision for mediation between neighbours. The development of new noise legislation by my Department will be considered in the context of this commitment; however, it is not possible at this time to indicate when the legislation will be published.
Currently, a person experiencing noise nuisance may contact their local authority, which may initiate proceedings on grounds of noise nuisance under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992. This Act also provides for any person, or group of persons, to seek an order in the District Court to have noise giving reasonable cause for annoyance abated. The procedures involved have been simplified to allow action to be taken without legal representation. A public information leaflet A Guide to the Noise Regulations, outlining the legal avenues available to persons experiencing noise nuisance, is available on my Department’s website www.environ.iehttp://www.environ.ie/.
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