Businesses in Killarney are turning up their amplifiers and putting speakers outside in an attempt to outperform the noise from mobile buskers, a council meeting has been told in the latest in a series of motions on the issue.

American tourists have complained about the language and tone of one busker, it has also emerged.

Night busking in Killarney now starts around 11pm, the discussion initiated by Labour councillor Marie Moloney heard.

The former senator wanted to know when long-awaited bye-laws would be introduced.

Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher said he was "like a broken record" calling for the issue to be addressed.

However he defended good busking saying "there was nothing better than quality busking in any town".

"There is nothing better than quality busking under parameters in any town and that's what we strive to have. But we don't have that," he said.

Mr Kelleher, who is also the president of the chamber of commerce, said busking was town specific as no two locations for buskers were the same.

Independent councillor Donal Grady said one busker in particular in Killarney was "waking the whole town".

However, the meeting was informed that while bylaws were in train for buskers, businesses too needed to be looked at.

"A few businesses need to be looked also at with regard to decibels and amplification," Cllr Brendan Cronin (Ind) said.

This was because the pubs were trying to keep the buskers away from their doors, the mayor explained.

"Businesses are putting up speakers to keep others from their doors," Mr Kelleher said.

Meanwhile, local hotelier and councillor Niall O’Callaghan has again called for a licensing system.

He has received complaints from American tourists and others this summer over "insulting" material from one busker.

"I have no problem with busking. But you should have to apply for a licence. At least then you have control," Mr O’Callaghan said.

Enforcement officers are also needed to monitor the language and location of the buskers, he said.

"I have had phone calls and complaints from American tourists and others about insulting material," he said.

Tourists who came to Killarney for a break should not have to put up with insults or political material, he said.

He said an enforcement officer would be able to tackle this under a licencing system.

"There is no control at the moment," he added.

Regulation for busking in the tourist town has been on the agenda for twenty years.

Council management said it is preparing draft bye-laws but has not indicated if a permit system is to be introduced in Killarney.

The new laws will go before the public this winter, management pledged.