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Music gigs spark most complaints about noise

NOISY alarms, loud music and commercial machinery are the main causes of sleepless nights in Dublin.

They were among the biggest contributors to the 447 noise pollution complaints lodged with Dublin City Council.

Most of the objections originated in the central areas of Dublin 1, 2, 4 and 8, where residents contacted the local authority on 223 occasions.

The city hosted high-profile outdoor gigs in 2011, including Take That at Croke Park and Bon Jovi at the RDS.

The two-day Forbidden Fruit Festival was held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

More than 100 complaints related to loud music.

Early-morning deliveries and noisy plant equipment prompted 116 objections, while piercing house and car alarms led to 57 protests.

The council provided the details in its Air Quality Monitoring and Noise Control Unit Annual Report 2011.

Objections relating to barking dogs (3), domestic music (13), construction work (37) and transportation (3) were also made.

A total of 115 grievances prompted by air pollution were lodged.

Most of them were about domestic burning, which was the source of 34 objections.

Smells from restaurants and takeaways were also a major reason for complaints.

The council said each objection was dealt with individually and the situation was often remedied by working with the commercial premises.


Where the nuisance persists, a notice may be served. Non-compliance can lead to court proceedings, but in most cases this was unnecessary.

Broken down by district, the most air pollution complaints were made in Dublin 7 and Dublin 9, where 15 objections in each area were lodged.

The council carried out 133 inspections relating to Dublin's smokeless coal regulations.

The regulations were introduced more than two decades ago to tackle the smog problems of the 1980s.