Busker hitting the wrong note with councillor

Cllr Niall Kelleher: “We got a commitment that something would be in place but nothing has been done”

A BUSKER who denied on live radio that he used foul language when performing on the streets of Killarney is still doing so, a meeting of the local council has been told.

Cllr Niall Kelleher said gardai have received several complaints and the town’s Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has also received negative feedback on the matter.

“There is offensive language being used and there have been several complaints from businesses and residents,” he said.

“One individual in a radio debate denied using offensive language but it’s still ongoing”.

Cllr Kelleher asked council officials to outline the up-to-date situation regarding bye-laws for busking which have been promised for several months.

He said there is a requirement in the town for designated bandstands where groups like the Gleneagle brass band and choirs can perform but, before the tourist season commences, legislation is required to deal with busking.

The situation with businesses piping music from their premises out on to the street would also need to be addressed, he insisted.

“We got a commitment that something would be in place but nothing has been done,” he complained.

Council officials, in response, said the development of busking bye-law is currently with the local authority’s Quality of Life Committee with a view to implement draft laws in the first quarter of the year but Cllr Kelleher replied that he is the chairman of that committee and he has heard nothing about it.

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