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Eight Dublin areas to be protected from noise pollution

Parks and gardens across Dublin will allow only a regular conversation during the day and a whisper at night under new laws.

Palmerston Park
Palmerston Park
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THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Phil Hogan has approved a plan by Dublin City Council that will see eight areas of the capital designated as “quiet areas”.

The proposal, drawn up in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency, will protect the areas by mitigating the effects of road traffic, industrial activity and other activities.

The new rules mean that the maximum allowed levels of noise in the areas are 55 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night. During the day, there would be no more than a normal conversation allowed, with only a whisper permitted at night.

The areas covered by the plan are:

  1. Blessington Basin, Dublin 1
  2. Edenmore Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
  3. Mount Bernard Park, Phibsborough, Dublin 7
  4. Dollymount Special Amenity Area, Dublin 3
  5. St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
  6. Palmerston Park, Dartry, Dublin 6
  7. Ranelagh Gardens, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
  8. The Cabbage Gardens, Cathedral Lane, Dublin 2

Hogan said the move would create areas of “quiet reflection” across the city.

“It is important that our green spaces and sea frontage are preserved and safeguarded from environmental noise.

“These areas are important public amenities, where people go for relaxation and quiet reflection away from the noisy hustle and bustle of urban life. The quiet area designation will help to ensure that these spaces can continue to be enjoyed by present and future generations.”

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