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New curbs for nightclub as noise keeps families awake

REVELLERS at a top Dublin nightclub will have to keep the noise down after complaints by families from a nearby estate.

The Playhouse nightclub at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght has been forced to restrict noise levels from smokers and other clubbers who congregate outside the premises.

New measures to limit the number of people given access to the smoking area have also been introduced.

Sinn Fein councillor Sean Crowe brought a motion to South Dublin County Council calling on the county manager to investigate the situation.

As a result, the environmental health officer's department liaised with management at the club and a consensus was reached. A report issued by the county manager announced: "Security staff have been advised to ensure that all patrons control their noise whilst exiting the premises and and whilst in the outdoor area.

"It has also been agreed to further control the number of patrons that will be allowed leave the venue to use the smoking area -- and the use of mobile phones has also been flagged as a contributory factor to the noise."

Cllr Crowe said: "Hopefully, it's resolved now. A number of residents came forward to complain about the noise levels and there have been meetings between the council and management at the nightclub.

"There shouldn't be any more problems but we'll have to just wait and see what happens.

"It can be very loud at night and the main source of the noise is smokers -- but the nightclub has agreed to let them out in smaller groups.

"I'm not trying to put a downer on anyone's night out but there are people living there and it's impossible to sleep at the weekends."

Jim Lavery spokesman for the Plaza Hotel, told the Herald that management would do everything in their power to keep things quiet.

"We don't envisage any problems. Our patrons are well behaved and we always try to work together with the locals," he said. "I've been working here for the past 11 years and this is the first time there has ever been an issue with the noise."