Sunday 19 November 2017

‘The country's reputation is in shreds’ – chief executive of Labour Relations Commission calls for speedy resolution of Croke Park ‘debacle’

Garth Brooks at Croke Park earlier this year
Garth Brooks at Croke Park earlier this year

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey believes the country’s “reputation is in shreds” as a result of the Croke Park row.

Speaking on the News at One on RTE Radio 1, Mr Mulvey said the situation was now a “debacle” requiring speedy resolution.

“In the light of what has happened and I think we all recognise the city has lost, the country as lost, our reputation is in shreds over this in terms of international concerts,” he said.  “It has gone viral in the US in particular.”

He added, “I feel to a large degree it’s a debacle now and really something needs to be done to rescue this and rescue it very quickly because I think decisions will be made over the weekend that will make this situation totally irrevocable.”

In March Mr Mulvey agreed to act as mediator between the GAA and residents around Croke Park, and compiled a report of recommendations.

These addressed issues of access for residents to their homes, the reduction of anti-social behaviour around concerts, towing of illegally parked cars, and proper policing.

He suggested that if these residents’ concerns were addressed by Dublin City Council, Croke Park, and Aiken Promotions then this situation may not have arisen.

Asked where the situation goes from here, Mr Mulvey said he would be in favour of all five concerts going ahead.

“I would raise the possibility now whereby the five concerts could possibly go ahead and as a reciprocal gesture the GAA say well then they put no concerts on in 2015 as a gesture of goodwill in regard to that,” he said.

“And mitigate those concerts that would potentially be there in 2015 so that the residents would enjoy a year of no concerts in Croke Park beyond the normal Gaelic Athelic Association events,” he said.

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