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It's not so far fetched to declare state of emergency for Garth

Fergal Davis

Published 10/07/2014 | 02:30

Delighted: Fans Eimear Jordan and Sarah Kidd
Delighted: Fans Eimear Jordan and Sarah Kidd

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach has ruled out the enactment of any emergency laws to resolve the Garth Brooks crisis. But Ireland was in a permanent state of emergency from 1939 to 1995.

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We have a long history of employing emergency powers in unexpected ways. We are entitled to ask: can nothing be done to secure five nights in Croker for the man from 'the Yukon'?

This long and sometimes undistinguished history of emergency law began with the Irish Free State. Although it had an extremely liberal constitution it rapidly succumbed to the lure of draconian emergency powers. In 1931, the Free State Constitution was amended to insert Article 2A. For all intents and purposes this was a sweeping counter-terror statute posing as a constitutional clause.

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