Dublin buskers facing ban on amplifier use

Buskers in Dublin's Temple Bar

Buskers in Dublin's Temple Bar Image by Barnacles Budget Accommodation / CC BY 2.0

Dublin's buskers may have to tone down their sound if they want to keep on playing, as the City Council gets set to bring in bye-laws for street performers. Two months ago it was announced that new regulations covering street musicians were to be introduced and in particular their use of amplification while performing. This followed a period of public consultation as well as a debate on the outright banning of busking in the Temple Bar tourist belt, reports the Herald.

Chief objections to the Council came from businesses, and street residents. In all the authorities received 88 submissions from these locals as well as street performers as part of a public consultation. The areas most troubled by excessive noise from street performances were Henry Street and Grafton Street. Over two-thirds of the respondents claimed excessive noise was the main issue and about one-third  are looking for the council to impose an outright ban on amplification.

Local independent council representative Mannix Flynn, who also acts as a member of the council's arts, recreation and culture committee said: "I am against amplification on the streets as it's not necessary, but there should be a special permit where it's needed."

It is understood that the yearly licence will be around €30, which is half the original amount that was tabled in November. The by-laws over the street noise will be finalised at next week’s meeting before being ratified by a full meeting of the council early next month.

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