Monday 19 February 2018

Garth Brooks dispute: labour relations trouble-shooter called

Kieran Mulvey for Croke Park talks

Garth Brooks at Croke Park
Garth Brooks at Croke Park

Niall O’Connor

THE GAA has called in the country’s top labour relations trouble-shooter to chair negotiations with residents living around Croke Park.

Local residents are objecting to the five Garth Brooks and three One Direction concerts at the stadium this summer.

The GAA has drafted in Kieran Mulvey will chair discussions aimed at agreeing a ‘Charter’ that will meet the needs of residents, GAA and other stakeholders in relation to future concerts at Croke Park.

Politicians have widely welcomed the news and hope it will allay concerns expressed by residents about disruption.

The decision comes after Croke Park residents threatened to take legal action if licenses aren’t granted for the concerts, which are scheduled to run over five nights in July.

Residents in the Drumcondra area of Dublin must now endure a total of eight summer concerts, including three One Direction dates.

Mr Mulvey will also oversee talks aimed at agreeing a long term charter aimed at meeting the needed of residents, the GAA and other stakeholders.

The GAA will also hold a Public Information forum on the upcoming concerts on Saturday, March 29.

“At this forum we will share event plans for the Garth Brooks concerts before the application is made to Dublin City Council,” according to GAA director general Paraic Duffy.

“In parallel with this, we are determined to reach a long term agreement around the staging of events in Croke Park. I can confirm that Kieran Mulvey, Chief Executive at the Labour Relations Commission, has agreed to chair discussions on this issue and I am confident that he can help us to mediate agreement on a Charter that will meet the needs of residents, GAA and other stakeholders,” he added.

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