Monday 21 August 2017

Buskers' backing tracks banned by city councillors

Glen Hansard and Mundy busking on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Glen Hansard and Mundy busking on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Dublin City Council has voted to ban the use of backing tracks by buskers.

Councillors also voted to ban the use of amplifiers by street musicians in parts of Temple Bar and outside the GPO.

However, a city-wide ban was rejected at a meeting last night.

And a controversial proposal to ban percussion and woodwind instruments - including uilleann pipes - was also rejected.

A report by Dublin City Council management had indicated a ban on amps could allow for the relaxation of restrictions on performance times.

However, a sound intensity limit of 75 decibels was introduced for targeted areas of Temple Bar and the GPO.

A general limit of 80 decibels will apply across the city.

Irish Independent

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