Wednesday 20 September 2017

How a little bit of conversation could restore harmony to the angry chorus in Brooks row

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

WHAT has happened with regard to the five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park is a shock to everyone. I am very surprised that the eventual outcome wasn't flagged months ago and something done to ensure that it didn't come to this.

There is no doubt that five shows in Croke Park, on top of the three already played by One Direction, 'intensifies' the planning conditions at the venue. There can be little doubt that this was going to cause concern for Dublin City Council and that when such problems arise, as they do arise, I am surprised that there wasn't engagement between the various interests long before now.

Just because an artist is capable of filling a venue five nights on the trot doesn't necessarily give you a right to do this. In 2001 I had two U2 shows in Slane, but we decided not to do them 'back to back' but to leave a gap of a week. I had to make this decision based on my own experience and after consultation, so I don't think what happened with Garth Brooks was necessarily the sensible thing to do. From that point of view it appears that there was a breakdown in the process.

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