Tuesday 24 April 2018

Croke Park Residents: DCC decision is an 'absolution vindication of what we've been saying all along'

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

Residents living near Croke Park said the decision the fault for the two axed Garth Brooks' concerts lies with the GAA and promoters.

Speaking on RTE's 'News At One' programme earlier today, Eamon O'Brien of the Croke Park Streets Committee said the decision by Dublin City Council to give permission to just three of Garth Brooks' five sold out concerts was the correct one.

He laid the blame for the debacle solely at the feet of the GAA and Aiken promotions.

"The decision of the council is an absolute vindication of what we’ve been saying all along," Mr O'Brien said.

"To the people who won’t be able to go to concerts, if I were them I’d be ringing the GAA and those for selling before they got a licence because the GAA and Aiken Promotions could very well have applied for their licence and when they got their licence and the whole procedures had been gone through and [then] sell their tickets and allowed people to plan properly," he said.

"What they’ve created is a very unsatisfactory situation for people who bought tickets and planned to come up to Dublin and whatever.

"And that’s not our fault.

"It’s not just one concert, it’s the whole amount of it.

"The GAA and the promoters take all the profits and community get all the costs," Mr O'Brien added.

In a statement issued by Dublin City Council on the reasons for their decision, they said they had received 373 submissions from members of the public regarding the licencing application for the five concerts.

"In assessing the application and having regard to the submissions/observations received, Dublin City Council considered that it would not be appropriate to grant five consecutive nights of concerts as applied for," the council said.

"The scale, magnitude and number of the concerts with an expected attendance of in excess of 80,000 people per night over five consecutive nights, three of them being week nights is unprecedented for Croke Park Stadium.

"Three consecutive concerts [One Direction] have already taken place in Croke Park from the 23rd to 25th of May 2014. 

"Given that Croke Park is situated in a heavily populated residential area, five shows in a row following on from the three concerts already held there this year is considered an over intensification of use of the stadium for the holding of special events/concerts. It would be in effect permitting an increase of 100pc in terms of the maximum number of concerts that had previously been held in Croke Park in any given year since the redevelopment of the stadium," the council said.

Irish Independent

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