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No ban on busking in Temple Bar

A permit system for all buskers will go out for public consultation.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL have voted against a ban on buskers in Temple Bar.

During last night’s meeting, it was decided that a permit system for all buskers will go out for one month’s public consultation.

The proposals would mean that buskers would have to pay €30 for a permit and €90 a year to use an amplifier.

The by-laws would also require that busking would not be allowed directly outside the GPO and busking would also be prohibited after 11pm, everywhere in the city – except on Grafton Street.

The move comes after draft proposals, seen by last week, proposed a complete ban on busking in Temple Bar.

However, last night many councillors argued in favour of busking with Fianna Fail Councillor Paul McAuliffe saying it was “part of our street life and part of the character of Dublin”.

Many people were also giving their opinions on social media:

Sinn Féin’s Larry O’Toole said a lot of serious buskers would welcome some regulation.

While Labour Councillor Mary Freehill said she feels sorry for people working in shops nearby who have to listen to loud music – “maybe listening to the same song 40 times”.

Residents in the area have also welcomed the idea of regulation and stricter rules, but also said a ban would be an unwelcome development.

First published 3 November

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