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Thursday 31 July 2014

Still no decision on Garth Brooks Croke Park concerts

Joyce Fegan

Published 01/07/2014|22:56

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Garth Brooks is due to play in Dublin in July
Garth Brooks is due to play in Dublin in July

Dublin City Council is nowhere near making a decision on the licensing of the Garth Brooks concerts even though one is due in the next two days.

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“Dublin City Council (DCC) is taking the concerns of the residents very, very seriously and they just don’t know what to do,” said a council source.

After the GAA and residents’ mediator Kieran Mulvey issued a report last week on the ongoing dispute, 250 locals met last night to discuss it.

The meeting, called Stop the Croke Park Madness, was to be used by DCC to gauge to mood in the area.

“They watched it with interest last night. As they say in legal cases, it will ‘inform,’ their decision,” said the source.

It was reported that the council was issuing a statement on the licences for the five Garth Brooks gigs this Friday.

However, a spokesperson from DCC said yesterday that, “we anticipate a decision will be made on the event licence application within the next week.”

Last night the locals, in their final monster meeting before the licence decision, were briefed by the residents living near the Aviva Stadium, about the impact of matches and concerts on the quality of their lives.

They also discussed the key recommendations of Mr Mulvey’s report where he suggested a one-off legacy for €500,000 for the Croke Park community.

The floor was opened to the public and everyone was invited to have their say.

Local representatives were also present.

Earlier yesterday afternoon a press conference was held by the Croke Park Street Committees outlining their options if a licence is granted.

Eamon O’Brien, chairman of the committee, said that if DCC grants promoters Aiken Promotions a licence to hold the concerts it would be “all systems go”.

He said: "They probably don’t think that we are prepared to go to court, well they will find out soon enough."

Solicitor Anthony Fay, who represents the committee, also said that an injunction is now the most likely course of action if a licence is granted.

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