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Southsiders put up with more noise

CITY dwellers on the southside of the Liffey have to put up with more noise pollution than anyone else, it has been confirmed.

Of the 17 postal districts in the city area, residents living in Dublin 2 and 8 lodged the most complaints to the council.

The information was contained in a report by the local authority's noise control unit.

The findings are not that surprising, considering the majority of the grievances are caused by commercial activity -- which is heavily in evidence in the south inner city.

Noise complaints submitted to the council relating to the D2 area accounted for 87 out of a total of 482 objections in 2010.

D8 residents contacted Dublin City Council 73 times during the same 12 months to give out about being disturbed.

A further 69 complaints relating to D1 were lodged, giving the north inner city area the third highest number.

The figure for the comparatively tranquil D4 was a long way back at 44.

However, the presence of both the Aviva and the RDS in the district, both of which act as concert venues for stars such as Michael Buble and Paul McCartney, as well as sports stadiums, contributed to the number. Predictably, the further out from the city centre, the fewer the objections.

Both D6 and D7 on opposite sides of the Liffey had a similar number of complaints at 35.

Some 33 protests originated in D3, which takes in Ballybough, Fairview and Clontarf, and there were decreasing numbers for Dublin 9, 5, 12 and 13.

The council is empowered to serve a notice on any business causing a noise nuisance.

The figures relate mainly to complaints from commercial and industrial premises. Failure to comply with the terms of the notice within the time period specified can lead to legal proceedings being initiated, it says.

The council is not entirely innocent -- some 17 complaints were made about sounds from city council premises.