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Garth Brooks stand-off between Dublin City Council and promoters could end up in High Court

Aoife Kelly

Published 04/07/2014 | 08:23

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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)
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)
Sein Fein's Cllr Christy Burke
Christy Burke

Dublin’s Lord Mayor fears the stand-off between Dublin City Council and Aiken Promotions regarding the cancellation of two Garth Brooks concerts could end up in the high court.

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Cllr Christy Burke revealed that Dublin City Council will meet this morning to discuss the statement issued by Garth Brooks late last night which outlined that the country singer would play all five concerts or no concerts.

“The next question is can [Dublin City Council] manager reverse that decision? I’m told, an hour ago, no. The manager will stick by the chief executive’s decision,” reveals Cllr Burke.

“At end of day my view is that the planning laws and consultation process on any concert within any community must be reviewed and renewed.

“Before a promoter makes an announcement there needs to be consultation with management of that venue whether it be Croke Park or wherever.  It needs to be done over a length of time and not decided upon at the 11th hour as was the case here. 

“If those laws and legislation can be used to stop the likes of the mayhem we have now we would avoid the disappointment we have now for concert goers.

“I don’t get any pleasure having to stand over the manager’s decision. My heart goes out to the men and women and children who have booked concert tickets.  It’s out of my control.”

Last night Taoiseach Enda Kenny, speaking in Berlin, said he has no “impact or control” in the matter, before adding, “They may be able to work out some consequence to allow the remaining concerts to go ahead but it is not for me to interfere in any way."

However, Cllr Burke feels Mr Kenny could have an impact in resolving the issue.

“Mr Kenny was able to resolve the issue and save the bankers and bond holders overnight so he can do same with the planning laws.  He is the Taoiseach. It annoys me. He’s our main legislator. Put up or shut up. “

He added, “I’ve been engaged since February with the GAA, the promoter, and the residents and the city manager made a decision yesterday and I have to respect that decision.  That’s law of the land.

“The manager and his team meet this morning but for all I know we end up in the high court tomorrow. That’s a matter for the promoter.   

“At end of day the promoter projected a decision that he didn’t know was going to be good, bad, or indifferent. Tickets were sold subject to licence, and people bought in good faith. The promoter has to take responsibility.”

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