A €2 million fund has been set up by the Irish government to help soundproof clubs after the news that they would be allowed to stay open until 6AM.
In October 2022, the Irish government agreed to put forth legislation that would let clubs stay open until 6AM, far later than 2:30AM which was previously the limit.
The grant is part of the Night Time Economy Noise Mitigation Grant Scheme that aims to quell noise complaints around popular Dublin nightclub Dicey’s and similar nightlife hotspots.
Speaking to Resident Advisor, Sunil Sharpe, founder of Ireland’s nightlife campaign group Give Us The Night, explained, “Night-time venues aren’t so much of a nuisance if they have ample noise protection in place.”
This new curfew allows alcohol to be sold until 5AM in nightclubs, pubs to be open until 12:30 AM, and late-night bars to stay open until 2:30AM if all venues have specific licenses and permits.
Applications for the soundproofing grants are now open and will remain open until December 31, 2023, or until the fund is exhausted.
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