The capital's first-ever busking by-laws were passed by Dublin City Council without an amplification ban.
In the final draft of the by-laws, busking is now completely banned around the area of the GPO as well as selected other streets in the centre. Buskers will now have to display a permit while performing in the capital which will cost €30 without amplification and €60 with amplification.
THE Government is today expected to fill the vacant position of Children's Ombudsman.
Independent senator Jillian van Turnhout had been linked with the €120,000-a-year position, however, it's now understood the job will go elsewhere.
Any decision to appoint Ms van Turnhout would leave a vacancy in the Seanad.
The successful candidate will succeed Emily Logan.
Keenan's pension role
Irish Independent financial writer Brendan Keenan is to be appointed to the Pensions Council, which advises on Government policy.
Mr Keenan was, until his recent retirement, group business editor at Independent News & Media and is one of the most authoritative and well-know writers on business and economic matters.
A NEW homeless shelter is to be built at the old Longfields hotel site on Fitzwilliam Street Lower.
The hotel was bought by Dublin City Council in 2007 for €7m but, because of opposition, the site has been left vacant. Last night the change of use of the site was agreed by city councillors.