Health risks of runway not assessed

There has been no independent assessment into the health impacts of the new runway at Dublin airport. The only assessment that has been carried out is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and this used out-of-date information when assessing the runway's impact on public health, according to Dr Anthony Staines, Professor of Epidemiology at University College Dublin.

Changes on Red Cow to cost 2m euro

Another unplanned change to a key utility close to the Red Cow roundabout will cause further chaos and traffic jams at Dublin's Red Cow roundabout and it will cost €2 million. Frank Connolly reports

Access all areas

There has been phenomenal growth in overseas travel from Ireland, and in traffic through our airports, in the last 20 years, led by the low-cost 'revolution' in air travel and fuelled by increased disposable income. There are now direct flights to more than 250 destinations worldwide from Irish airports. Last year, almost 30 million passengers passed through the four main airports, Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Cork. Here, we list every destination you can fly to from the main airports. The number of destinations you can fly to from Dublin has doubled in the last ten years, from 60 to 129.

New high speed trains delayed

New high-speed train carriages for the Dublin-Cork route, originally promised for last December, will not be in use until May and their full implementation will not happen until the end of the year. The new carriages will coincide with the introduction of an hourly service between Dublin and Cork, and were originally meant to be fully implemented by the autumn.

Chronicle of carnage

We list 111 of the 125 people who have died on the roads so far in 2006, including the 20 non-nationals who have died

Aer Lingus privatisation

The question must be asked of SIPTU: why did it refuse Aer Lingus chief executive Dermot Mannion the opportunity to meet the workers last week? And this: was it afraid that he might persuade them of the merits of selling the airline to the private sector? As well as this: is it possible that fighting the sale might be very damaging to the prospects for the airline and its remaining 3,500 employees?  


Same old port, with a new plan

The Progressive Democrats have a plan to move Dublin Port's industrial functions to a new port at Bremore. With Dublin Port due to reach capacity in 2007, an alternative plan is needed. By David White and Emma Browne