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Sinn Féin welcome the passing of the new By-Laws and also the removal of the ban on Uilleann pipes – Kelly

5 July, 2016 - by Greg Kelly

Speaking last night, Sinn Féin Cllr Greg Kelly said:

“I want to express my disappointment at aspects of last night's debate. While I welcome the passing of the by-laws, I feel that the amendment to ban Street Performance in certain parts of Temple Bar was wrong. The debate has taken place on both the SPC and Forum that was set up and we listened to all sides of the argument. It was agreed that residential areas of Temple Bar would have a ban on amplification as requested by residents, this I believe was a good compromise by both residents and performers.

“The agreement to ban busking tonight should have been tabled at the Arts SPC and debated there, along with the restrictions on amplification, and not left to the full council meeting. The Motion by the Green Party has resulted in changing the agreement made by the SPC that was only made a week ago and looks like it was rushed in during the debate. I am glad that the Fine Gael motion calling on a full ban on amplification was defeated.

“Last night, I also asked for the Street Performance Forum to continue and I feel this is need more than ever. There will have to be further discussions as to how we are going to Police these new By- Laws.” 

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