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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Head of Croke Park Streets Committee accuses Garth Brooks of being 'stupid' with 'all or nothing' ultimatum

Alan O’Keeffe

Published 04/07/2014 | 12:18

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NORMAN, OK - JULY 06: Garth Brooks performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert to benefit United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Norman, Oklahoma. To donate go to www.unitedwayokc.org or text REBUILD to 52000.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Shock Ink)
Garth Brooks performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert to benefit United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Shock Ink)
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Garth Brooks was accused today of being “stupid” with his ‘all or nothing’ stance on five scheduled concerts at Croke Park.

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“I think it’s outrageous what Garth Brooks said about not being able to choose concerts to cancel… It’s a stupid way of playing it,” said Eamon O’Brien, chairperson of the Croke Park Streets Committee.

Dublin City Council have granted licences for only three of the five concerts.

Mr O’Brien told The Herald it was stupid of the singer to say he could not cancel two nights in Croke Park involving 160,000 fans without also wilfully cancelling the other three nights involving a further 240,000 fans.

“Garth Brooks does not decide what the planning laws of Ireland should be. It is Dublin City Council that implements the laws, not Garth Brooks,” he said.

Mr O’Brien said he did not feel sorry for the superstar.

“Garth Brooks is a businessman. It’s all about the brand. This is only a blip in his life.  If I had his money, I’d burn my own money,” he said.

All five concerts scheduled for this month are in jeopardy. The city council said only three could go ahead but the singer said it was all five or none at all.

Mr O’Brien said the planning laws were not a shambles and the licencing procedures existed to protect ordinary people from excessive disruption of their lives.

He accused the GAA authorities at Croke Park of being “arrogant and greedy” in “creating an economic juggernaut they thought they could roll through everything.”

“How could anyone organise one of the biggest gigs in the world and, by not getting a licence beforehand,  leave it on a cliff edge?” he said.

“We sympathise totally with the Garth Brooks fans. We are all victims here,” he said.

He apologised to the 70,000 visitors from abroad who planned to come to the concert.  But the economic loss of the money that would be spent in Dublin by Irish fans who would have travelled from outside the city will benefit their own communities as the money would instead be spent locally, he said.

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