Taoiseach: 'I hope the two axed Garth Brooks Croke Park concerts can be saved'
Published 03/07/2014 | 17:55
Taoiseach Enda Kenny hopes something can be done to save two axed Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park later this month.
Speaking in Berlin, Mr Kenny said he hoped everyone can work out a consequence to see all five scheduled concerts take place.
Mr Kenny added quickly, that he has no "impact or control" in the matter.
Asked by Independent.ie about the cancellations' potential impact on Dublin's reputation and loss to the economy, Mr Kenny said: "I understand it is to do with a planning issue and the council made its decision here. I hope everyone can work out a consequence to that."
Mr Kenny added: "Obviously if i understand it, three concerts have been approved and they are to go ahead. It is a planning decision for Dublin City Council. 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."
The Taoiseach was speaking in Germany after permission was refused for two of the five planned Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park later this month. Concerts will go ahead on 25, 26 and 27 July. However, tickets had also been sold for Monday, 28 July, and Tuesday, 29 July.
A total of 400,000 tickets have been sold for the five shows, but the council decision means 160,000 fans look set to be disappointed.