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Temple Bar residents' plea to ban buskers using amps

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REPRESENTATIVES of more than 2,000 Temple Bar residents have appealed to Dublin city councillors to ban buskers from using amplifiers in the capital.

The council will vote on Dublin's first ever busking by-laws on Monday night.

However, there is no measure in the proposed regulations to ban amplifiers being used.

The only measure to deal with the noise created by some street performers is to set a limit of 80 decibels on their sound output.

Under the regulations busking will be permitted in the cultural quarter until 11pm at night but will be banned between Fownes Street and Eustace Street.

A spokesperson for the residents of Temple Bar told councillors that the current set of by-laws "make no sense at all".

"This shows nothing but contempt for Temple Bar's 2,200 residents. What right has the council to permit 80 decibels of noise in a residential area? It would not be tolerated in Rathmines or Ranelagh, or anywhere else in the inner or outer suburbs," said the residents' spokesperson.

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The residents, when making their submission, suggested a ban on amplification by buskers across Dublin.

This measure was proposed by council executives to a special arts and culture committee, but it was not accepted.

Instead, the 80-decibel limit was agreed upon as well as a plan to review the by-laws next October.

"We had hoped that a ban on amplified busking in Temple Bar would be the beginning of an effort to address the serious issue of excessive noise in the area - whether from buskers or 'entertainment noise breakout' from bars and nightclubs.

"It is really very disheartening that council officials cannot see this and have, in effect, fallen at the first fence in terms of dealing with the noisy environment many of us currently inhabit," added the spokesperson.

In correspondence seen by the Herald, all 63 of the city's councillors were petitioned by the residents to seek a ban on amplification across the capital.

Businesses and residents have until Monday night's monthly council meeting to lobby for this ban, before the by-laws are agreed.

The spokesperson said that busking should be encouraged and facilitated but that amplifiers should not be.

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