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The Government has ordered a complete review of the outdoor concert licensing system following the Garth Brooks fiasco earlier this year.

A group comprising local authorities, Government departments and state agencies has been formed to make recommendations to Environment Minister Alan Kelly on how future music events should be approved.

A statutory approval process is currently in place where promoters are required to seek an event licence from the relevant local authority at least 10 weeks prior to the event.

A five week public consultation period follows, after which the council decides if it should go ahead.

In practice, most concerts are announced and tickets go on sale before the licence is secured. In the Garth Brooks case, tickets went on sale in February and approval was sought the following April. Dublin City Council eventually gave permission for three of the five, refusing two. Another issue to be discussed is whether an appeals process should be put in place where events are refused permission.

The review was announced last July, when Mr Kelly said it would not be "rushed" but would benefit residents, concert-goers and the planning system.

Members of the public are being asked to submit their views by November 28. They can be sent to Niamh Redmond, Planning Section, Department of the Environment, Custom House, Dublin 1 or to eventlicensing@environ.ie.

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