Tuesday 21 October 2014

Residents show support for Croker gigs

Sam Griffin

Published 07/07/2014 | 02:30

Ballybough resident Maire Gorman who attended The Garth Brooks 1997 concert campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin  
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Ballybough resident Maire Gorman who attended The Garth Brooks 1997 concert campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Ballybough residents campaigning for 5  Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Ballybough residents campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Ballybough residents campaigning for 5  Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Ballybough residents campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

CROKE Park residents who want all five Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead staged a protest outside the stadium ahead of the Leinster hurling final.

The group says a petition circulated among local houses and businesses in the north Dublin suburb has collected more signatures calling for the five concerts to be reinstated than the 373 objections submitted to Dublin City Council.

The residents' also called for the report from the Labour Relations Commission's Kieran Mulvey, which recommends no more than three concerts in a row be staged in Croke Park and that a €500,000 legacy fund be made available for the area, to be implemented.

Susan Mangan, one of the group's organisers, said residents were now calling on the two junior ministers living in the area, Joe Costello and Paschal Donohoe, to intervene.

"The people of this area who elected them are calling on them and the other representatives to introduce legislation.

"They were able to do it for the banks. Now this is something good for the country so they should be able to do it.

"The people here want these concerts. It's time these people had their say, not the 373 people objecting to them," Ms Mangan said.

She said the concerts and events provided important employment for people from the area.

A number of local councillors attended the rally including Independents Nial Ring and Gary Gannon and Sinn Fein's Jonathan Dowdall.

Mr Gannon said it was time for "a common sense solution", adding that it was important the concerts go ahead.

Eamon O'Brien, from the Croke Park Streets Committee, said he sympathised with those in favour of the concerts but questioned if anyone had made submissions in favour of them going ahead.

Irish Independent

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