Monday 5 December 2016

Buskers confident council will reject ban on street musicians using amplifiers

Dublin City Buskers, which represents most buskers in the city, say the new rules on performers could be difficult to enforce
Dublin City Buskers, which represents most buskers in the city, say the new rules on performers could be difficult to enforce

Dublin buskers say they are confident that a complete ban on the use of amplifiers by street musicians will not be passed.

Dublin City Buskers, which represents most buskers in the city, say the new rules on performers could be difficult to enforce.

Roibeard O'Cadhain, a spokesman for the group, said plans to ban amplifiers have been "on the table" since 2014, and said they had been rejected by councillors in the past.

"It brings up issues of enforcement," he said.

"If someone is on the street with an amplifier, it's Dublin City Council who made the rule, but it's An Garda Siochana who have to enforce it.

"It becomes very messy. But at the moment we are working with the city council, and we look forward to the results of the council vote."

Mr O'Cadhain also pointed out that many performers are unable to play their genre of music without an amp.

He also called many of the busking by-laws in place "unworkable", suggesting that the council should instead look at introducing further decibel limits and reduce the time allowed for one performance.

Decibel

Councillors previously rejected calls for an amplification ban, choosing instead to lower decibel limits.

But in a report, DCC management state that those limits have only been partially effective and "extremely difficult to enforce".

In the report, Assistant Chief Executive Brendan Kenny notes that 83pc of the 238 public submissions received on revisions to the by-laws complained about noise levels.

He also indicated that an amp ban could allow the council to relax restrictions on performance times, locations and the number of permits that can be granted.

The decision will go to a meeting of councillors and members of the Arts Committee, which takes place today, before it goes to a full council meeting next month.

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