Plans for an airport near Dundalk are in place but face opposition from some locals.

The site for the proposed new airport lies five miles south of Dundalk beside the Dublin Belfast road.

The plan is that the new airport would deal with mainly short haul flights to Britain.

Planning permission for the airport has been granted by Louth County Council and according to Dundalk Urban Council an American investor is ready to put £1 million into the development for the region. However, some residents living near the proposed site have appealed the planning decision.

Dundalk is situated at a mid point between Belfast and Dublin airports. Objectors to the new airport say that air travellers are already quite well catered for. Those opposing the airport also maintain that the development would have an adverse effect on wintering birds in Dundalk Bay. They also object on the grounds that the airport would create noise pollution. Supporters of the airport say that these objections are invalid and that that there are many economic benefits for the entire north east region.

Newry SDLP Councillor Jim McCarthy argues that a regional airport would bring a lot of benefits to the region as it did in Shannon and Galway. Stephen Burns, Chairman of Dundalk Urban Council shares the views of Jim McCarthy and describes the proposed airport as a very viable proposition for the town of Dundalk. He appeals with those against the plan to withdraw their objections.

We need this facility here and it has enormous employment potential for the area.

A decision from An Bord Pleanala is pending.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 May 1992. The reporter is Tom Kelly.