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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Talks over Croke Park gigs will not be binding

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 20/03/2014 | 02:30

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Garth Brooks: sell-out concerts at Croke Park. Getty Images
Garth Brooks: sell-out concerts at Croke Park. Getty Images

WORRIES have increased regarding a successful outcome to the Croke Park concert talks after it emerged that the recommendations arising from the forthcoming mediation will be non-binding.

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Top troubleshooter Kieran Mulvey is due to chair talks with the GAA, residents and local politicians – aimed at securing agreement on the staging of the Garth Brooks and One Direction concerts at the stadium in the summer.

However, local representatives now fear that the negotiations will fail to produce a deal because the parties involved in the talks will be under no legal obligation to honour any of Mr Mulvey's recommendations.

According to the terms of reference, seen by the Irish Independent, Mr Mulvey instead will be tasked with working to "set out in detail systems to minimise the impact of licensed events on the surrounding communities".

The terms of reference include examining all aspects of the operation and impact of special events in the past, as well as meeting with the community, its representatives and businesses, elected representatives, gardai, Dublin City Council officials and the promoters and stakeholders to hear their points of view.

TRANSPARENCY

Meetings will also be conducted with the GAA and Croke Park Stadium management.

Mr Mulvey said the process would be undertaken with "utmost transparency".

In an email to local politicians, he insisted he wanted to ensure all parties adhered to "agreed outcomes" that arise out of the talks.

"As part of this mediation process the GAA/Croke Park Stadium authorities acknowledge that their capacity to host special events has to recognise the impact upon the community, and believe that this mediation process will require a level of engagement with stakeholders which will be different from what has gone before and will require to address other planning and regeneration issues in the immediate vicinity of the stadium," Mr Mulvey wrote.

Irish Independent

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