The Guinness brewery has been prosecuted after complaints from locals of “constant humming” and “high-pitched wailing”.

DRINKS company Diageo had a €1.4million fund to help reduce night-time noise pollution from Dublin’s historic Guinness brewery, a court has heard.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) charged the company in Dublin District Court today. Diageo pleaded guilty to two charges of exceeding nighttime noise limits at St James’s Gate in November 2020 and January 2021. Three other charges were dropped.

Background noise reached twice the allowable volume, Judge Anthony Halpin heard.

However, he noted that Diageo had agreed to pay €12,000 for legal costs and told the firm he would drop the case if she donated €10,000 to a charity.

EPA Inspector Brian Duggan told the court the nighttime noise limit for the brewery was 45 decibels.

Noise tests conducted four meters from the site on the first date showed the noise reached 56 decibels. The second test on Bonham Street read 54 decibels.

The witness stated that this was “twice as loud” as the brewery’s allowable noise limit. From 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. there was a “constant hum” and “a high-pitched howl”.

Mr Duggan agreed with the defense that complaints from locals have dropped to a year in the past six months.

The EPA accepted that Diageo had spent €993,000 on reducing noise pollution, including mufflers, restricting traffic at certain times and switching to electric instead of diesel-powered shutters.

It hired acoustic experts and paid a further €452,000 to fix noise issues on site.

The defense asked the court to accept how the guilty plea spared the need for a two-day trial over technical issues.

The judge found that the director and officers attended the proceedings and that the company was a significant employer and had a number of local employment opportunities.

She also offered to donate 10,000 euros to a good cause.

Judge Halpin said he would drop the case if Diageo gave the money to charity Little Flower Penny Dinners to help underprivileged people in the Liberties area of ​​Dublin city centre.

The case was adjourned until July 25. The Guinness brewery has been prosecuted after complaints from locals of “constant humming” and “high-pitched wailing”.

Fry Electronics Team

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