First they wanted their drums, swords and flames.
Now they want their amps.
A total ban on the use of amplifiers by buskers has been recommended by Dublin City Council management as part of a revision of by-laws.
A report to councillors says the decibel limits introduced in by-laws over a year ago have only been partially effective and “extremely difficult to enforce”.
Assistant Chief Executive Brendan Kenny states in the report that complaints are increasing and 83% of the 238 public submissions received on revisions to the by-laws complained about noise levels.
Council management are now proposing to ban amplifiers and the use of the backing tracks for all buskers in the city.
Previously: A Big Ask