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Saturday 18 August 2018

Buskers face court order to turn it down

buskers in Dublin's Temple Bar have been warned to keep it down.

The tourist zone is famous for its street performers but businesses have complained about the noise of some musicians.

And now buskers could even find themselves being served with a court order forcing them to turn down the volume.



PRIORITY

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn raised the issue at a Dublin City Council meeting, saying the noise levels at Merchants' Arch were "unacceptable". He asked the local authority to report on the issue.

"The use of amplification by buskers in this small enclosed area has reached unacceptable levels for businesses in the area. This issue needs to be addressed as a priority," Mr Flynn stated.

In reply, the council said noise complaints were dealt with under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992. The complaints were handled by officers of the air quality monitoring and noise control unit, it added.

However, following a meeting with the gardai from Pearse Street station and officers, it was agreed if the gardai or council received complaints of "noise nuisance from buskers a joint visit will be carried out".

Gardai have powers of arrest so they can ask for ID from buskers. Officers will be able to measure the volume of noise and, if necessary, get a court order telling them to turn it down, said the council.

Dublin is well-known for busking, with the tradition being given further prominence in Oscar-winning film Once.

The film is about two musicians played by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova who meet and fall in love while busking in Temple Bar.

They both won Oscars for the film's song Falling Slowly.



families

A previous move to introduce regulations for buskers by the city council had been criticised.

Comedian and busker David McSavage had blasted the plans as "ridiculous".

The measures had been championed by Labour councillor Kevin Humphreys.

He said areas such as Temple Bar had been "inundated" with noise pollution from buskers, making it difficult to encourage families to live in the city centre.

comurphy@herald.ie

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