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€2 Million Fund Established to Aid Soundproofing of Clubs in Ireland for Extended Opening Hours

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€2 Million Fund Established to Aid Soundproofing of Clubs in Ireland for Extended Opening Hours

In a bid to support the nightlife industry and mitigate noise issues, the Irish government has introduced a €2 million fund for nightclubs in Ireland. The funding comes as part of the Night Time Economy Noise Mitigation Grant Scheme, allowing all clubs to apply for grants of up to €70,000 per application to facilitate soundproofing measures.

The initiative follows the government’s plans, announced in October 2022, to extend club opening hours, allowing them to operate until 6:00 AM with a new license. This move seeks to modernize the country’s alcohol regulations, which currently limit club closing times to 2:30 AM.

To address noise concerns arising from the extended opening hours, the Irish government has also introduced an €800,000 fund for art centers and cultural spaces. This fund aims to support these venues in opening later and hosting new events, including club nights and theater shows.

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The decision to allocate these funds was partially influenced by noise complaints surrounding Dublin nightclub Dicey’s. The club is under inspection by District Judge Marie Quirke following reports of noise violations despite a court order.

Minister Martin announced the noise reduction efforts and emphasized the government’s commitment to support the night time economy. As part of these efforts, the government plans to organize “Summer Nights at Moore Street,” featuring cultural events such as street art, live music, and circus performances.

Founder of Ireland’s nightlife campaign group Give Us The Night, Sunil Sharpe, applauded the government’s move, highlighting the significance of addressing noise issues through better planning and regulations. He expressed hope that this initiative would not only save jobs and careers but also convey the message that well-protected night-time venues are not a nuisance.

The extended license legislation is currently pending approval by the Irish government. If approved, it would also extend opening hours for pubs and bars, allowing them to operate until 12:30 AM every day.

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