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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Buskers face the music under new permit plan

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

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Dublin buskers could soon have to have a permit to perform, if plans by the city council are approved.

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Proposals to have street performers apply for permits are to be put before councillors - and the measures could be in place as early as January.

The council is also considering a ban on amplifiers in certain parts of the city.

Busking has been a hot topic in Dublin in recent years, with some seeing them as a welcome addition to the city while others view them as a noisy annoyance.

"We see them as a good thing in general and the tourists seem to love them," said assistant chief executive of Dublin City Council Brendan Kenny

"However, if you are a business owner and have one outside your door singing the same song for hours or using a loud amplifier then it is a different story," he added.

"We had looked at different ways of introducing by-laws which would cover amplification, and other issues, and had got together with buskers, business owners and gardai. We also considered a decibel limit, but it was felt that the laws would be virtually unenforceable so the permit idea was the next option," Mr Kenny added.

Getting a permit is expected to cost a busker around €20 a year. "It would basically be a fee to cover the cost of the permit scheme, we are not looking at it as a source of revenue," he said.

Irish Independent

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