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City's older buskers out of tune with noise code

A NEW code regulating busking in Dublin city has failed to stop noise complaints in key areas such as Temple Bar.

The voluntarily rules were introduced in August on a three-month trial basis but they haven't yet had the desired effect, according to Dublin City Council.

Performers who agree to abide by the code sign up to a mailing list and receive an 'approved street performer' badge.

While young street performers have shown a strong interest, it's a different story for older buskers.

Some 91 acts have registered with the council, with 70 of them fully signed up.

Young performers are displaying "quite an interest" but older buskers are "very nervous" about the changes, council official Margaret Geraghty said.

Ms Geraghty said the council is still getting a lot of noise complaints from areas such as Temple Bar.

The local authority has also had to explain to businesses annoyed by loud music that the regulations are voluntary and have no force in law.

Under the code, which was agreed between the council and a representative group of buskers, six locations in Dublin were declared "amp-free zones".

The areas include the top of Grafton Street, Temple Bar Square and Beresford Place as well as in front of Penneys on Henry Street, 21/22 Grafton Street and Clerys.

They are required to be conscious of nearby business premises and dwellings.

"As noise pollution is a major source of complaints, performers should be conscious never to allow volumes of their shows to negatively affect any business or cause annoyance to residents in private houses or hotels," the code states.

The three-month trial finishes at the end of October.