Noise Pollution can be described as unwanted sound that unfairly intrudes into our daily activities. There are many sources of noise pollution, most of which are associated with urban development; road, rail and air transport; industrial noise; neighbourhood and recreational noise. In 1994, the Minister for the Environment addressed the problem of noise pollution by making regulations under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Act, 1992, whereby any individual person, or a local authority, may complain to a District Court seeking an Order to deal with the noise nuisance i.e. noise so loud, so continuous, so repeated, of such pitch or duration or occurring at such times that it gives a person reasonable cause for annoyance.
How is noise measured?
Noise is measured in decibels, DB. The instrument used is called a sound level metre. It is designed to respond in a similar way to the human ear, and give objective assessment of sound pressure level.
Although noise is a significant environmental problem, it is often difficult to quantify associated costs. An OECD report on the social costs of land transport identified four categories of impact from transport noise;
Lower property values
Loss of psychological well-being
Health care costs to rectify loss of sleep, hearing problems or stress
Productivity losses due to poor concentration, communication difficulties or fatigue due to insufficient rest
Links and Resources
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Continual noise from other houses, home workshops, local businesses etc. can be a source of nuisance and distress for people... more »
Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to receive a significant number of noise queries covering topics as diverse as industrial noise, construction noise, transport noise... more »
Dublin City Council
Dublin City Council provide information on how you can make a complaint in relation to noise pollution. more »