Sunday 15 December 2019

Team Brooks can't get Taoiseach on phone during a busy day

Singer Garth Brooks with GAA President Liam O'Neill at Croke Park
Singer Garth Brooks with GAA President Liam O'Neill at Croke Park
Pete Kennedy who phoned Enda Kenny pictured with Garth Brooks yesterday
Garth Brooks

Joyce Fegan

GARTH Brooks' management have directly reached out to Taoiseach Enda Kenny in a bid to salvage the five Croke Park concerts.

"We have tried to reach out but his immediate camp has not heard anything back yet," said a source close to Brooks last night.

It is understood an email was sent to Mr Kenny in the hope of getting an agreement to allow the five cancelled concerts to take place later this month.

However, late last night, it seemed there had been little movement. "We believe he has a lot on his plate today forming a new government," added the source.

Mr Kenny also received a mobile phone call from Irish country singer Pete Kennedy (pictured), who is based in Nashville.

"I received a very warm reception and I phoned them and explained in detail to them the scale of the situation, and they listened, basically," said Mr Kennedy. "And I asked them to please do everything they possibly can in the interest of our national reputation," he added.

As an award-winning country musician based in Nashville, Mr Kennedy said he felt a responsibility to personally phone the Taoiseach. "In the interest of the Irish music industry and the economy and for us to be able to show the world that we are open, willing and able to facilitate any major event and to be welcoming, I felt a responsibility to call An Taoiseach," Mr Kennedy said.

It is understood that after Mr Kennedy rang Mr Kenny's personal mobile at 5.30pm, he then received a phone call from the Taoiseach's private secretary at 5.55pm. The phone conversation lasted about 15 minutes.

Mr Kennedy also attempted to make contact with the newly appointed Minister for Arts, Heather Humphries, but he was unsuccessful.

It is believed that Garth Brooks is still hopeful that all five concerts can go ahead as scheduled even though it could involve the passing of emergency legislation.

Irish Independent

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