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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 1 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Effects of Loud Music.


asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that very loud or amplified music and sound offered as music will have adverse effect on people's ears especially when listened to over a time in confined spaces; and if he proposes to take any action on the matter.

While it is accepted that continued exposure to noise — including music — above 85 decibels can, over a long period, cause deafness and while I deplore the lack of consideration shown by over-amplification of music, I do not feel that, as Minister for Health, I would be justified in seeking powers of control.

Would the Minister consider asking his colleague, the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, to restrain what Deputy H. Gibbons so nicely describes as "sound offered as music"?

Did you ever hear Deputy M.P. Murphy when he was in full steam?