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Croke Park residents poised to take action on Garth Brooks gigs

Published 25/06/2014 | 07:46

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Garth Brooks: sell-out concerts at Croke Park. Getty Images
Garth Brooks: sell-out concerts at Croke Park. Getty Images
Fans queueing for tickets for Garth Brooks' Croke Park gigs.
Fans queueing for tickets for Garth Brooks' Croke Park gigs.
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CROKE Park residents are poised to take legal action as their battle over the five Garth Brooks concerts intensifies.

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Residents are meeting next week, having discovered that their demand for an oral hearing, has been rejected.

They will now discuss securing an injunction to prevent the concerts going ahead.

And the local community will also decide on whether or not to proceed with private prosecutions in relation to the promotion of the event before a licence has been granted.

Anthony Fay, the solicitor representing the community said: "There is a strong likelihood that legal proceedings, including an injunction and or private prosecutions, will be taken if licences are granted."

Dublin City Council (DCC) informed residents last week that an oral hearing would not go ahead despite receiving more than 370 letters of objection.

The council said that the submissions were "extremely detailed in nature" as they outline "in sufficient detail" the concerns of residents.

However, Mr Fay "slammed" the refusal saying that DCC had acted undemocratically.

"The local authority is willing to meet with the promoter and yet ignore the opinions of local residents and businesses.

"City councillors also passed a motion last April to hold this public meeting. It is undemocratic of DCC to now override politicians acting with a public mandate," he said.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Mr Fay that the granting of the licences would greatly impact on the quality of the people's lives in the area.

So far three One Direction concerts have already been held there and the Garth Brooks gigs would bring the number to eight.

A decision on the licence application is expected in the next two weeks.

Concert promoters chose not to comment on the matter.

jfegan@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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