Busking will continue to be a trademark of Dublin’s Temple Bar after city councillors voted to reject a ban on street entertainment in the area.
Dublin City Council had proposed an outright ban on buskers in the popular tourist spot as part of new bye-laws but in a meeting last night, local representatives removed the clause from the legislation.
According to the Irish Times, Labour councillor Andrew Montague proposed the removal of the ban and was backed by Michael O’Brien of the Anti-Austerity Alliance, who said it was unfair to ban performances in Temple Bar while ‘super pubs’ in the area were allowed to pump music on to the street.
People Before Profit councillor Tina MacVeigh that said busking added character to Temple Bar but other councillors countered that the high volume of the music was detrimental to those who lived and worked in the area.
Other regulations, which require artists to obtain a permit and abide by time restrictions while busking, were voted through but the Council chose to allow busking in Temple Bar to continue.
The bye-laws are now available for public consultation and will be revisited in February.