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Wednesday 17 September 2014

'Frank' talks held between residents and GAA over Garth Brooks Croke Park concerts

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent Locals have threatened legal action if licences are granted for the gigs for the country star

Published 18/02/2014 | 15:15

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

DUBLIN City politicians have welcomed the outcome of talks held this afternoon on the upcoming Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park.

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GAA bosses held their first formal discussions with local residents who last week threatened legal action if licenses for the concerts are granted for the country star's gigs.

The GAA committed at the meeting to have a "full engagement" with the local community over the coming weeks in order to allay any concern.

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald told independent.ie that the meeting was "frank and constructive".

The GAA are left with no doubt as to the concerns of the local community, because five concerts in a row mean a huge amount of people coming through a residential area," she said.

"What this will hinge on will be the quality of the engagement...we have been ensured and we will take the GAA on their word on this matter, that they will with good faith, engage speak to and also listen to the local community so we want that to happen as soon as possible."

Local Fine Gael councillor Ray McAdam said it is crucial that all of community's concerns are taking on board.

"The GAA certainly were made aware of the concerns among residents in relation to these five concerts. It is incumbent on the GAA to follow through on their world and properly engage over the coming weeks."

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