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Thursday 29 September 2016

Row over a 7-day dance licence for Temple Bar pub below apartments

Leo Enright pictured near flats in the temple bar area of Dublin city centre
Leo Enright pictured near flats in the temple bar area of Dublin city centre

Residents in Temple Bar are objecting to a dance licence for a bar in the area on the grounds of noise and disruption.

The case, which is set to be heard for the first time at Dublin District Court on September 14, centres around a dance licence being awarded to the Gypsy Rose Bar, which is located on Aston Quay.

The rock, metal and blues bar is open between 5pm and 2am seven days a week.

The bar has a theatre licence, which means it must have live performances each day of the week.

It had previously been located next door, but opened at its current location in last September.

However, some residents are objecting to the re-location of the pub, as it is situated directly below their apartment complex.

Broadcaster Leo Enright - a resident in the area - is leading the fight against the pub's licence, and said there is a large mix of people living at the residential block - including a number of schoolchildren.

"Some of the people living there are single parents or retired people, and there are children under three as well as school-going children," he said.

Mr Enright said when the Gypsy Rose moved premises in September 2015, it did not apply for planning permission to have a pub at the new location - which had previously been a cafe.

Problem

This planning permission was later granted in March of this year.

Bar owner Tim Gleeson told the Herald that a lot of residents live very close to the bar and have no issue with the noise.

He said the loudest music is in its basement and that the gigs that are held on the ground floor, directly below apartments, are ­acoustic.

He said that special springs are being put into the roof to reduce the noise level.

"A couple of the residents have a problem, but the neighbour that lives directly over me has no problem, and neither have other neighbours there - so it's not all the residents," Mr Gleeson said.

He also said the planning permission in question was not applied for on the planning advice he received.

Mr Enright said he is annoyed with Dublin City Council for granting permission.

"The biggest problem is that we simply cannot have pubs ­operating in a residential block," Mr Enright said.

"It's ludicrous and we expected DCC to protect us, but they've done nothing to protect us.

"People who open pubs here are business people - it's not their business if they can get away with it.

"It's up to the regulating authority."

DCC did not respond to queries at the time of ­going to print.

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